It shouldn’t come as news to any soccer fans that Liverpool is aiming to sign American Clint Dempsey before the summer transfer window closes next Friday. What might be more surprising are the lengths to which the Reds will reportedly go to get a deal done for “Deuce.”
In addition to widely reported attempts to offload Andy Carroll, the Mirror Online reported Thursday that Reds owner John Henry is actively trying to sell midfielders Charlie Adam and Jay Spearing to help finance a bid for Dempsey.
Reports of Liverpool's interest in the U.S. national teamer have persisted since the end of last season, but the new season has begun, and there's still no deal.
#LFC enquired about Clint Dempsey at the start of the summer. Asking price was too high. Nothing has developed since then.— Ben Smith (@BenSmithBBC) August 23, 2012
Says the Mirror:
The Anfield transfer kitty is now so low that even a relatively modest £7.5 million splash for Dempsey would stretch their resources too far.
So the Reds are reportedly willing to offer Adam—currently valued at around £5 million—in an exchange to Fulham to bring Dempsey to Anfield.
Adam scored two goals in 28 Premier League appearances for Liverpool last season after making a summer move from Blackpool for £6.75. Making this current deal more difficult, though, is the fact that the 26-year-old has reportedly voiced concern over a move to London.
Everton boss David Moyes has expressed interest in Adam, as the Mirror suggests, but the Toffees could attempt to lowball their crosstown rivals knowing that they’re in a pinch and need to make the sale sooner rather than later.
Similarly, the Mirror reports that Bolton could be interested in a loan for the 23-year-old Spearing, but that would merely serve as a short-term fix for Henry and the Reds.
With the timing and finances of Carroll’s seemingly imminent move still yet to be decided, there are plenty of questions remaining for Liverpool and rookie manager Brendon Rogers.
And just as it’s clear that Deuce wants to be let loose from Fulham, it’s becoming more and more apparent that the Reds are willing to do what they must to get a transfer done.