As expected, Sergei Rebrov has agreed terms with Fulham, and signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the struggling London side, subject to a medical.

The fee is undisclosed but believed to be as little as œ1 million, a drastic drop from the œ11 million Tottenham Hotspur paid for him two and half years ago.

The move marks the end of a particularly unhappy period for the diminutive Ukranian. Tottenham manager Glenn Hoddle, already under scrutiny for his lack of man-management skills in charge of England during the 1998 World Cup campaign, had dropped him from the first team, and even the Reserves.

The striker has not played a game for Spurs this season, and the lack of any significant football action for him makes the success of his forthcoming medical with Fulham by no means a formality.