It has been confirmed that Fulham have loaned out Dimitar Berbatov to free spending Monaco until the end of the season. The deal comes as a surprise as Berbatov was assumed to have wanted to sign for former club Tottenham Hotspur. However, in a surprise move he has snubbed the former club for a chance at domestic glory with Monaco.
Monaco are currently second in Ligue 1 and will need Berbatov's experience and guile to guide them to a title they have not won since 2000, especially as star striker Radamel Falcao is injured for a prolonged period.
With Berbatov's contract running out in the summer, it is very much plausible he has played his last match for Fulham.
That should not phase Fulham considering Berbatov has had little affect on a season they have needed him to produce the goods we all know he has.
In his place they signed Greek striker Kostantinos Mitroglu for £12 million. Mitroglu 25, has scored 17 goals in 19 games for Olympiakos and also scored 3 of Greece's 4 goals as they beat Romania to qualify for the World Cup. Though with the player holding an injury, it may be a while before Fulham fans see their new guy in action. If there is one thing we can learn from this deal, it is that it reveals the pressure the teams at the bottom go through during deadline day to ensure they are celebrating on the last day of the season.
In other positions, Fulham have ditched Adel Taarabt as he has officially signed for AC Milan and have effectively replaced him with Lewis Holtby on a loan deal from Tottenham until the end of the summer.
In defence, Aaron Hughes and Phillipe Senderos have both left Fulham for QPR and Valencia respectively. John Heitinga has signed in their place from Everton on a deal lasting until the end of the season.
From the deals Fulham have completed, it appears Rene Meulensteen has began to put his foot down on how he pictures his squad. The removal of players such as Berbatov, Hughes and Taarabt suggests he wants players in their mid twenties and full of industry as Fulham look to claw themselves out of relegation.