Clint Dempsey Requests Transfer from Fulham

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistAugust 17, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06:  Clint Dempsey of Fulham puts his thumbs up during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Sunderland at Craven Cottage on May 6, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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Clint Dempsey's days with Fulham FC may be coming to an end. 

Fulham manager Martin Jol has confirmed Dempsey's desire to transfer from the team. According to the club's Twitter page, Dempsey will not be on Saturday's matchday squad.

Martin Jol confirms Clint Dempsey wishes to leave the Club

— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) August 17, 2012

 

Martin Jol confirms Clint Dempsey will not be in tomorrow's matchday squad

— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) August 17, 2012

UPDATE: Friday, August 17 at 12:50 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

According to a Friday report from The Press Association, Dempsey has refused to play for Fulham as he awaits a transfer, and has now been fined for it. 

The amount for which Dempsey has been fined by the club is unknown at this time. According to The Press Association, Dempsey fancies a move to Liverpool this summer.

Unfortunately for Dempsey, Liverpool have no interest in signing him, according to The Liverpool Echo on Friday. These development will surely make for an awkward next few days for Dempsey and Fulham.

-- End of Update --

 

Dempsey has been a member of the squad since the 2006-07 season and has not played for any other Premier League teams. Dempsey was one of Fulham's top players last season as he scored 23 goals in 46 appearances for the club.

Dempsey's desire to leave the club comes as no surprise—the midfielder didn't join the team in their recent trip to Switzerland for a training camp in an attempt to hasten a move away from the club (h/t Goal.com).

Grumblings that Dempsey would be leaving Fulham have been going on for months now, but it appears the recent statements by Jol and the fact that he won't be on Saturday's matchday squad point to a transfer coming very soon for the American.

It isn't clear where Dempsey is headed at this point, but Liverpool have been linked to the 29-year-old throughout the summer. If he does join Liverpool, it would give the veteran an opportunity to play for one of the elite Premier League teams and give him a great chance at winning silverware in the latter years of his career.

Bleacher Report will have all the latest as news of Dempsey's transfer comes in, but it would appear that Dempsey will be granted his wish to leave the team after six years with the club.  

UPDATE: Friday August 17 at 3:35 p.m. ET by Alex Ballentine

In light of the report by The Press Association, Dempsey has gone public on the situation.

Dempsey has taken to Twitter to sound off on the situation as he tweeted from his personal account that "There are two sides to the story" and that "The truth will come out". 

There are two sides to the story.

— Clint Dempsey (@clint_dempsey) August 17, 2012

 

The truth will come out soon.

— Clint Dempsey (@clint_dempsey) August 17, 2012

Details have yet to come out, but clearly there is drama behind the scenes that is propelling Dempsey's move from Fulham.