The USA manager has reiterated his concern that the former Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur star is currently plying his trade in Major League Soccer.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s ongoing issue with Team USA star Clint Dempsey opting to play Stateside rather than compete in a top European league could be enough to convince the former Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur attacker to head back to the Premier League come January.
A number of MLS stars have moved to England during the off-season in recent years with Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane among the most recent examples.
And in the wake of comments made by the German coach, Dempsey could be tempted to follow a similar path with Klinsmann issuing a coded warning to both the Duce and former AS Roma star Michael Bradley in a recent post-match interview.
Quizzed on whether he felt the pair would be at their sharpest with regular MLS football under their belts, the World Cup winning former player said “There’s nothing I can do about it.”
"I made it clear with Clint's move back and [Bradley's] move back that it's going to be very difficult for them to keep that same level that they experienced at the places where they were. It's just reality. It's just being honest."
Whether that honesty extends to a scenario whereby Dempsey or Bradley finds themselves dropped from the US roster remains to be seen but it could be enough to convince either one of the pair to push for a temporary switch back to Europe.
Dempsey would have no end of potential suitors, with Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp likely to be among his main admirers.
The Rangers boss previously tried to lure Jermain Defoe away from the MLS in January and with the Loftus Road club struggling for goals, Dempsey could make for the ideal short-term solution.
A move to Stoke City, meanwhile, could also prove a palatable option, giving Dempsey the chance to link up with his old Fulham boss Mark Hughes at another club in need of an injection of goals and attacking intent.
There’s also the option of Aston Villa - a side who previously tried to bring Dempsey to the Midlands only for him to opt for a Spurs move instead.
With the Villans previously benefitting from a mid-season Keane cameo and couple of years back and currently pushing for a top 10 finish, it could be a match made in heaven.