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Clint Dempsey on Fulham’s radar for January switch

| 21.10.2013

Despite spending over five years at Fulham and winning the club’s player of the season in each of his final two campaigns there, Clint Dempsey left Craven Cottage under a cloud.

The American’s attempts to force through a move eventually led to his last-minute transfer to Tottenham Hotspur, but in doing so rankled the fans who believed he should have shown more respect to the club that made him a Premier League star.

Fulham laboured to 12th place in the league without Dempsey last season and are 3/1 to go down this year after an indifferent start to the campaign.

Dempsey could have a chance to redeem himself at the Cottagers via a short-term loan in January after leaving Spurs for the Seattle Sounders in the summer.

The MLS off-season allows him the chance to return to England for a loan and the USA national team captain will be keen to ensure he is playing regularly ahead of the World Cup.

Spurs reportedly have first-option on bringing Dempsey back, but the forward is likely to shun a move to White Hart Lane due to the competition for places at his former club.

Another potential destination is Everton, who have previously brought in Landon Donovan from the MLS on loan.

Fulham are likely to be Dempsey’s best option if he is keen to gain regular playing time and Martin Jol’s side could certainly use the American’s eye for goal.

The Cottagers have only scored five times in their first seven league games, with last season’s top scorer Dimitar Berbatov yet to find the net in the Premier League.

Dempsey scored 36 goals in 88 games during his final two years at Fulham, finishing as their top scorer in both seasons.

Although the 30-year-old is yet to score for Seattle, his knack of the finding the net in the Premier League cannot be questioned and Dempsey could be a fine loan signing for Fulham in January.

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Alex Fortune