Dimitar Berbatov could play a part in Tottenham Hotspur’s bid for a top-four finish, with reports suggesting he is being lined up to return to the club.
The Bulgarian ace joined the White Hart Lane outfit in 2006, when Bayer Leverkusen agreed to let him leave for a fee a little over £10million. Berbatov became one of the best players in the Premier League during his time in the capital, which saw him score 27 goals in 70 league appearances, whilst also helping them to League Cup glory in 2008.
This led to Manchester United offering a then-club record £30.75million for his signature, and this triggered his controversial move to Old Trafford. The striker helped the Reds to two Premier League titles and a League Cup win during his time at the club, which ended in the summer of 2012 when he joined Fulham having fallen out of favour.
Berbatov scored 15 goals in his debut season at Craven Cottage, but rather than aiming for the top part of the table as he has done with his two previous clubs, he is now struggling to get used to life at the wrong end of the ladder. The Cottagers, who sacked Martin Jol earlier this term, are fourth from bottom, and just a point above the relegation zone.
The 32-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal earlier this month, but Arsene Wenger has denied an interest in the player. However, he could be heading back to North London with his former club, with The Telegraph claiming that Spurs are willing to take over the final five months of his Fulham contract, worth £80,000-per-week.
In return, Rene Meulensteen plans to take Holtby from Tottenham on loan, but this can only be completed if they can free up place in their squad by releasing one of their current loans. And a surprise move to Milan is on the cards for playmaker Adel Taarabt, who joined the Premier League strugglers from Queens Park Rangers during the summer.