The day after winning the United States Soccer Federation’s men’s Athlete of the Year award, Clint Dempsey recorded the first hat trick by an American in the English Premier League.
Fulham came from behind in the second half to defeat Newcastle United 5-2 on Saturday. Dempsey’s hat trick, his second since moving to the EPL in 2007, came two weeks after scoring his first against Charlton Athletic in the Football Association Cup.
The Texan has a career-best 15 goals this season, two more than his previous best set last year.
In December, Dempsey passed former US international Brian McBride to become the highest-scoring American in EPL history.
In the past, Dempsey has made it clear that he has ambitions of playing regular Champions League football. His contract with Fulham has 18 months remaining and I would be very surprised if the Cottagers let him walk while receiving nothing in return.
Here are five teams that should be vying for Dempsey’s services before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.