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Fulham's Berbatov to be lured by Galatasaray

Turkish side supposedly confident they can tie up a move for the Bulgarian, who wants out of Fulham

Mike Hewitt

A £5 million bid from Turkish giants Galatasaray could be enough to tempt Fulham to sell striker, Dimitar Berbatov, according to the Daily Mail.

Reports over recent weeks have suggested that manager Martin Jol wants out of the club after chairman Mohammed Al Fayed refused to stump up significant funds to help the Fulham cause this summer. Jol feels his team needs healthy investment if they are to continue improving.

The same reports stated that Berbatov would follow suit, claiming the Bulgarian is in the same camp as Jol in expecting a busy transfer window. And now, it seems, the 32 year-old has a potential suitor.

Galatasaray, currently leading the Turkish Super Lig, have built a side that is brimming with luxury, refined, European talent. Both Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder have joined their ranks and the sublime Berbatov would certainly fit within Gala's creative remit.

But he would certainly be missed at Fulham - and such a factor makes a deal somewhat less realistic. We have regularly relied on his creative panache to get us out of tight holes this season and the Fulham hierarchy would be more than unwilling to sanction any move for their leading man - especially at £5 million.

The player himself, meanwhile, is difficult to judge. At times he looks as though he is enjoying the London life and the subsequent limelight that comes with starring in a team, currently at least, built around sufficiency rather than substance.

But on other occasions he looks visibly riled and despondent. These two traits though, probably come as part of the package. If Jol were to leave, however, perhaps the story would be different. It was he who persuaded Berbatov to join originally and you have to feel the Bulgarian would not be here otherwise.

As long as Jol stays, then, you have to believe that Berby will do so too. If Jol departs, however, we may be losing well more than just a manager.