Are Tottenham preparing to sell Clint Dempsey?

The United States international has been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane, despite only joining the north London club 12 months ago.

All the focus surrounding Tottenham this summer has been about Gareth Bale and his potential world record transfer to Real Madrid. However, another attacking midfielder, Clint Dempsey, may well depart the club this summer also if media reports are to be believed.

The 30-year-old has been linked with a return to his homeland, with Seattle Sounders a potential destination for the playmaker.

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid has remained coy on a move for Dempsey, but has not ruled out trying to bring the North American home this summer.

"We're always interested in good players first off," he told Sports Radio KJR.

"Right now, there's really nothing to it, there's nothing to say. But we are in a position to add a Designated Player to our team before August 8th.

"I know Clint. I talked to him when he was here when he was playing against Panama. I always follow what he does and his career and what he did in MLS, but there's nothing there that I can say right now.

"We're always looking for good players. You can't really close the door on anything, but right now there's nothing that's nailed down and concrete."

Dempsey joined Tottenham from Fulham last summer in a £6 million deal, and made 29 Premier League appearances, scoring seven goals. Although the Texan failed to replicate the form that earned him the move to north London – he scored 17 times in his final season with the Cottagers – he still played a part in Tottenham’s fifth-placed finish.

The American netted important goals for the club last term, including strikes in both games against Manchester United and the 3-1 home win against Manchester City.

Assuming Gareth Bale leaves the club this summer, Andre Villas-Boas will look to replace the Wales international with a player of similar ilk before the transfer window closes. Looking at the Spurs squad, the Portuguese boss does have a lot of options in attacking midfield.

Villas-Boas prefers a three-man midfield and a lone striker, leaving space for two attacking wingers or second strikers. Current challengers for a starting berth include Gylfi Sigurdsson, Aaron Lennon, Lewis Holtby, new signing Nacer Chadli and Dempsey.

Bale’s 21 Premier League goals last season will need to replaced should be leave, with the addition of Roberto Soldado a key part in this. However, Villas-Boas will look to his attacking midfielders to share the burden of finding the net, and arguably Dempsey is the most likely to get into double figures of the players previously mentioned.

Although the likes of Holtby and Chadli are players that will continue to progress and thrive at White Hart Lane, Dempsey is arguably the most able of Tottenham’s attacking midfielders at the moment. Removing Dempsey’s work rate and goal threat from Tottenham’s repertoire, along with everything that Bale brings, could well be a costly mistake by the club.

At 30 years of age Dempsey is still good enough to play in the Premier League and be a prominent player in Spurs’ hunt for Champions League qualification. Personally, a move back to the MLS would be slightly premature given his ability.

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