Clint heading back to the Cottage - Fulham capture Dempsey on loan

Clint Dempsey

USA star Dempsey left under a cloud in 2012, heading to London rivals Spurs, but is back to muck in for Fulham's relegation scrap.

Fulham head coach Rene Meulensteen has announced that the club are on the verge of re-signing former favourite Clint Dempsey on loan from Seattle Sounders.

With the MLS currently between seasons, and Dempsey wanting to maintain match fitness in the lead up to both the new MLS Championship and the summer's World Cup, the American is set to sign a short term loan from January 1st to early March, when the MLS kicks off.

Dempsey spent five-and-a-half years at Fulham, scoring an impressive 50 goals in 184 league games, before his £6m across London to Tottenham. At the time, it was a move that angered Fulham fans and then-manager Martin Jol, but such is the Cottagers' plight, any player of Dempsey's ability would be a welcome addition to their squad, a thought Meulensteen was keen to point to.

Talking about the US international during Friday's press conference, Meulensteen said: “He’s having a medical and we’re looking into that. It would be a real boost for us. Hopefully that will all work out.

“Clint spent so many years playing in the Premier League and we all know where his strengths are. He can come in from the left or play as a second striker depending on who you’re playing against. It speaks volumes for him that he wants to come back here.”

Dempsey has scored just one goal in nine games since his return to the US, and will be hoping a return to the Premier League will see a return to his form of old.

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