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Fulham make big changes on deadline day

Updated: Friday, 31 Jan 2014 23:08 | Comments

Dimitar Berbatov has left Fulham for Monaco
Dimitar Berbatov has left Fulham for Monaco

Fulham may have seen Dimitar Berbatov leave for Monaco, but Rene Meulensteen's side looks more than capable of beating the drop after signing the likes of Kostas Mitroglou and Lewis Holtby on deadline day.

Lying 19th in the Premier League with just 15 matches remaining, the Whites have taken drastic action in a bid to avoid relegation.
Germany international Holtby was the first in the door at Craven Cottage on Friday, joining on loan from Tottenham until the end of the season.

Highly-rated Mitroglou quickly followed, arriving from Olympiacos for an undisclosed fee after Fulham saw off interest from West Ham.

Meulensteen will be hoping the Greece international can fill the void left by Berbatov, who has swapped a relegation battle with the Whites for a Ligue 1 title tilt with Monaco.

The 33-year-old arrived in west London from Manchester United in August 2012 and quickly made an impact, netting 15 goals and being named player of the season.

However, Berbatov has failed to hit the same heights this term and his agent, Emil Dantchev, last month claimed he wanted to leave Craven Cottage.

The Bulgarian forward has now got his wish, joining Monaco on loan until the end of the season, when his deal at Fulham expires.
"I'm happy, excited and a little bit nervous to be honest," Berbatov told Monaco's official website, www.asm-fc.com.

"I look forward to starting training with my new team-mates and open a new chapter in my career."

Fulham also completed the signing of Everton defender John Heitinga on a free transfer.

The 30-year-old Dutchman spent four-and-a-half years at Goodison Park, amassing 140 first-team appearances and scoring five goals.

However, Heitinga's playing time has been restricted to just five appearances this term and has been allowed by Everton manager Roberto Martinez to join Fulham on a permanent deal.

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