With the quality of players plying their trade in the MLS, it has not become uncommon for stars based in the United States to move on loan to Premier League sides in their off-season.
The likes of Thierry Henry, Robbie Keane and Landon Donavon have all completing temporary deals in the English top flight in recent years, playing in the Premier League between January and March.
Clint Dempsey moved back to his homeland over the summer, signing for Seattle Sounders after a solitary season at Tottenham.
With the experienced attacker available for a short-term deal back in England soon, these three sides should be looking at the possibility of signing Dempsey in the new year.
In Roberto Martinez’s 4-2-3-1 system, Steven Pienaar and Kevin Mirallas are the Spaniard’s first options in the wide positions, and have both had progressive starts to the new campaign.
However, Everton lack comprehensive options behind these two, with either unproven or inexperienced players coming in when necessary.
The Toffees have had success with bringing Donavon to Goodison Park in past seasons, and Dempsey’s addition would be a real shot in the arm for the Merseyside club.
The American would certainly not walk straight into Martinez’s side, but would be a creative and talented option to bring on when Everton needed a goal.
The Hammers are another side that should be looking at bringing Dempsey in. The American played his Premier League football in London, and has all the abilities needed to make West Ham a more dangerous side.
Sam Allardyce’s men have only scored eight goals this season, and need to bring in firepower in January.
Dempsey has a solid record of getting goals from midfield, and has the versatility to play anywhere along the forward line.
His addition would also give Stewart Downing and Matt Jarvis quality competition for a place in the West Ham starting XI.
Former club Fulham are the side being linked most heavily with a move for Dempsey in January, and rightly so.
The attacker was a favourite over five years at Craven Cottage, and in his final season at the club was in spectacular goalscoring form.
With Martin Jol’s men in the lower reaches of the table and misfiring going forward, Dempsey’s temporary signing would add a determined character and a very able footballer back into an environment that he knows well.
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