From Premier League transfer tug-of-war to MLS in 12 months

Clint Dempsey

Clint Dempsey was the object of desire for Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur - but he is now on the verge of a move to Seattle Sounders.

Last summer there was plenty of interest surrounding the future of plenty of footballing stars.

The likes of Robin van Persie, Luka Modric, Mousa Dembele and a whole heap of top talent were embroiled in transfer sagas.

One object amongst the heap was Clint Dempsey.

The American forward had been in great form for the South West London outfit and around this time last year had recently refused to go to a training camp in Switzerland - in an attempt to force through a potential move.

And he had illustrious names chasing his name.

Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur battled to the end for his coveted signature. At one point it seemed like Liverpool had got their man. The American was certainly in advanced talks with The Reds.

But on deadline day itself the American rolled through the gates at Tottenham’s training facility. An hour later he was a Spurs player.

It appeared a great buy for Andre Villas Boas - with Dempsey adding depth and versatility to the clubs front-line.

Now while he did not have the most awe-inspiring debut campaign - and the fact he wore the number ‘2’ shirt really grinded my gears.

Yet his record of 12 goals in 43 appearances isn’t bad - but AVB does not seem keen on keeping him, in fact he isn’t.

Clint Dempsey is expected to sign a deal with Seattle Sounders this summer - just 12 months after being one of the Premier League’s most sought after players.

The move to the North-West of the USA will see him partner up with former Fulham team-mates Marcus Hahnemann and Eddie Johnsons as well as the likes of Obafemi Martins, Djimi Traore and Andy Rose.

So why now?

Dempsey clearly is not in the plans of AVB this season and at the age of 30 he might decide the time is right to head back Stateside - and enjoy some home comforts after six years in the UK.

Dempsey is also one of US Soccer’s biggest names and his switch will be a massive commercial boost for Major League Soccer - and I am sure he will be taking a cut of those profits.

Overall I think we should wish him well. Dempsey has been a popular and talented player in the Premier League since arriving from New England Revolution and now he clearly feels the time is right to go.

Good luck Clint.

image: © NathanF

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