Ex-Spurs man set for Premier League return?

Clint Dempsey

Despite leaving White Hart Lane in the summer to move back to America, Clint Dempsey could return to the Premier League

Less than three months after his departure to the Seattle Seahawks, Clint Dempsey may be on the verge of a loan return to the Premier League - maybe even back to Tottenham.

With the MLS season set to end in December, Dempsey reportedly wants a temporary switch back to England to keep himself fit ahead of the World Cup, and his desire to return to England has alerted his former clubs Fulham and Tottenham and also Everton, who have history of loaning from the MLS having taken Landon Donovan from LA Galaxy in 2010 and 2012.

When Spurs sold Dempsey in August, they supposedly inserted a clause where they have first option on any deal to loan the 30 year old, but with a plethora of attacking players already at White Hart Lane, would manager Andre Villas-Boas be willing to bring him back to the club?

Everton's history with American players - Tim Howard, Joe-Max Moore, Brian McBride and Donovan - has made them fairly likeable in the States, and this reputation could tempt Dempsey, particularly with a role in the first team all but guaranteed with the Toffees.

However, the link of a return to Fulham seems unlikely given manager Martin Jol's comments when Dempsey was angling for a move away from Craven Cottage in 2012.

“Clint was not involved over the last four weeks so he is not going to be in the squad,” said Jol. “He is not committed to the club. He wants to leave. I would like to keep him, but I think it’s impossible. It’s a sad and an almost embarrassing situation.”

Of course, with Jol under pressure, he may not even be in charge come the January transfer window, but if he is, there may have to be talks between Jol and Dempsey in order to banish the demons that plagued them upon the American's exit.

The most likely move out of the three appears to be to Goodison Park, but with a place at next summer's World Cup at stake, Dempsey will take his time to decide where he will play the most football on a regular basis, but as the highest scoring American in English football history, the midfielder and occasional striker would be an asset to any side.

It's also worth noting that whilst Demspey was seeking a move away from Fulham, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers admitted that he wanted to sign the player, and could rekindle his interest with Dempsey's availability becoming known.

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