Clint Dempsey: Possible English Premier League Destinations for USMNT Star

Rob GreissingerCorrespondent IIMay 17, 2012

Clint Dempsey: Possible English Premier League Destinations for USMNT Star

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    Clint Dempsey is the biggest American name in football abroad. He is in the prime of his career. Having taken the record for most goals scored by an American, he may get a shot at Champions League Football.

    Come summer, Dempsey's name will be one that will circulate with many big clubs. After all, he did appear on Peter Webster's list of the 50 Biggest Names on the Market this Summer and Who Will Sign Them

    The 29-year-old midfielder would be best to stay in the Premier League. He knows how to succeed in the English game. His contract expires at the end of the season.

    It will be interesting to see if Fulham tries to keep him, but he may be too expensive to stay at Craven Cottage a while longer.

    There's always a possibility that Dempsey winds up staying at Craven Cottage. When Dempsey was brought in shortly after the 2006 World Cup, Fulham looked like a team that would be close to relegation. He helped keep Fulham in the Premier League and helped them get to European competition. 

    Loyalty could be a deciding factor, but good money might be hard for the Cottagers to pass up. There is still a possibility, however, that Dempsey stays at Fulham. 

    Should the Texan be moved, it is very likely that it will be a record transfer fee for an American player. The current record for an American happened when Villarreal paid $10 million for Jozy Altidore in 2008 from the New York Red Bulls. 

    hese are some of the big Premier League clubs that Dempsey could end up with.

Stay at Fulham

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    Before getting into discussion about other teams. There is always the possibility that Dempsey stays at Craven Cottage. 

    If Fulham are looking to take care of the money side of things, they will welcome offers for Dempsey. If the right offer comes their way, Fulham will sell him. 

    The Guardian's Jacob Steinberg says it will be a fight for the cottagers should they want to keep him. Martin Jol insists that they will not sell Dempsey and hope for a contract extension. That could be just a way to drive up the price for their American star midfielder. 

Everton

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    Joining fellow countryman Tim Howard maybe tempting for Dempsey. Landon Donovan had two successful loan spells at Goodison Park. 

    The Toffees could use somebody versatile. Donovan worked well on the right side, so why not Dempsey? 

    Everton is on the up right now. They can bolster themselves if they bring in Dempsey. 

    The Daily Star Sunday reported that the Toffees are keen on signing the Texan. Bleacher Report's Matt Cheetham thinks Everton is a realistic destination for Dempsey. 

    The question becomes a matter of whether or not Everton are ready to fork over the cash for Dempsey. With other big clubs throwing their name into the rumour hat, this may be a longshot. 

Liverpool

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    This is a longshot. Liverpool need some help with depth. Jordan Henderson is still young and can drastically improve. The Mirror seems to think different. 

    Perhaps bringing in a guy like Clint Dempsey could help Henderson. He could learn from the veteran and perhaps build some character while learning from an American. 

    Having a guy like Dempsey could take away attention from Steven Gerrard. The Liverpool skipper could use someone who can be a scoring threat on the right side. It would simply give Gerrard more options on the right side. In other words, defenders will have to mark Gerrard, Suarez and Dempsey.

    Add Andy Carroll in there and you have to put the tallest guy on the pitch on him to prevent Carroll from getting his head to the ball. Dempsey showed he can score with his head against Chelsea.  

    To simplify it all, Liverpool need goals. The Reds have relied on Suarez way too much to get them goals. If teams can defend Suarez, then they really do not have trouble beating Liverpool. Considering that some of the expensive signings that have not worked out for the Reds, Dempsey would seem cheap for the scoring threat he brings. 

    If Dirk Kuyt does leave, Liverpool will need someone with some versatility. 

    Maybe Liverpool owner and Fenway Sports Group CEO, John W. Henry (an American) lobbies to bring the American into the squad. After all, Henry and Fenway Sports Group owns the Boston Red Sox. Dempsey played for the New England Revolution. Tom Werner has also hinted at interest in Dempsey multiple times.

Tottenham

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    Spurs just missed out on finishing in the top three by a single point. They are are in the Champions League qualifying round so Spurs is one of the teams that Dempsey could go to in order to get a taste of Champions League Football. 

    According to The Guardian, Spurs will have to compete with Arsenal in order to sign Dempsey.

Manchester United

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    According to The Guardian, Manchester United could be a possible destination. With several Americans in the boardroom, Dempsey could be heading to Old Trafford. 

    The major concern here would be his playing time and where he would fit in. The Red Devils will have to be revamped if they want to win more titles. Their early Champions League exit and failure to secure the title amped up the talks of the need to bring in fresh faces. Dempsey could be one of those guys to fill in some gaps that United have in their midfield. 

Chelsea

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    This wouldn't be a marquee signing that some Chelsea fans may want. With Frank Lampard getting older and with Daniel Sturridge breaking in, Dempsey could find a way to make it work. The Blues do need more depth on their team and will be spending some money this summer. It is just a matter of if Dempsey will be part of the summer spending at Stamford Bridge. 

    Financially, Chelsea wouldn't hesitate to write a bigger check and waive it under Dempsey's nose. 

Arsenal

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    Arsenal are the amongst the favorites to get the Texan's services. The Gunners have been the team mentioned most when Dempsey's name comes up. 

    Arsene Wenger has said that Dempsey would be a perfect fit for the Gunners' system. He is reportedly ready to make an offer that Fulham could not turn down. Wenger would like Dempsey to play in a supporting role with Robin van Persie and newest signing Lukas Podolski, according to The Sun.

    What the Gunners will do in regards to van Persie is still up in the air. Will Dempsey get to play with him?