The agent for Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey has shot down UK reports linking his client with a winter loan move back to the Premier League during the MLS off-season.
The Mirror claimed on the weekend that the ex-Tottenham Hotspur attacker was keen on a temporary switch in January, with Aston Villa, Queens Park Rangers and Stoke City all ready to grab him for two months.
However, while Dempsey did spend time at former club Fulham last winter, following his return to MLS with Seattle, his representative Lye York claims no such move is in place for 2015.
‘The rumour that broke about Clint going on loan is completely false and inaccurate,’ he told MLSsoccer.com. ‘There have been no discussions to that effect. Clint's immediate focus is the playoffs with Seattle.’
Joining the Sounders in August 2013 from Spurs, Dempsey has recorded 15 goals and 10 assists in 26 league games in his first full season in the Pacific Northwest, while also scoring twice during the US national team’s run to the World Cup’s last-16 this summer.
Having won both the US Open Cup and Supporters’ Shield Crown over the past two months, the 31-year-old is now hoping to help his side add a first-ever MLS Cup title come December to complete an unprecedented domestic treble.
‘We enjoy it today, but tomorrow we look towards how we stay hungry, stay sharp that we do well in the playoffs and try to push to get into the final,’ he told reporters following Saturday’s 2-0 home win over the LA Galaxy, which saw Seattle finish the regular-season with the best record to claim the Shield.
‘We were the best team throughout the course of the league and around other leagues, that’s celebrated more so than when it is in the states, but we are going to celebrate it as a championship. We have two now and we are looking to win an MLS Cup.’