Clint Dempsey: Why Everton Should Make a Transfer Bid for the Fulham Star
Last year, Clint Dempsey had the greatest season ever by an American in Europe. In what was his sixth season with Fulham, Dempsey scored 23 goals, the most ever by an American in a Premier League campaign.
Dempsey's outstanding play allowed Fulham to finish in the top half of the league for the third time in the past four seasons and also earned the American a fourth-place finish in the PFA Player of the Year vote.
Since the end of last season, there have been plenty of transfer rumors involving Dempsey.
Liverpool have long pursued the Texan. However, the Reds' chances to acquire the Fulham star appeared to be thwarted since Fulham lodged a complaint to the Premier League involving tampering on the transfer, according to the BBC.
Dempsey has also been linked to other clubs, such as Arsenal and Sunderland. But now with the complaint against Liverpool, more clubs have an opportunity for the player that The Daily Mail has claimed is worth £8 million.
However, while we speculate over which club should sign the American, why don't we consider Everton?
Though Everton traditionally has not been able to secure many players due to the club's poor finances, a player like Dempsey could be secured.
This summer, Everton have brought in some new players, but according to TransferMarkt, the Toffees have brought in more than £4.5 million this summer from selling players. The most notable player that Everton gave up has been Jack Rodwell, who City paid an estimated £12 million for, according to ESPNFC.
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With those funds, Everton could afford to make a last-minute move to secure Dempsey.
If Everton bought Dempsey, he would be an ideal replacement for Tim Cahill, who left for the New York Red Bulls last month. Dempsey could play at a multitude of positions, which will allow him to fit in throughout the midfield, or as another striker alongside Nikica Jelavić.
Last season, Dempsey scored 35 percent of Fulham's goals, a number that was tied with Blackburn's Yakubu for the second-highest in the Premier League last season.
If Everton partnered Dempsey and Jelavić together, it would give the Toffees one of the best two striker combinations in the Premier League.
It would also secure Everton's position as one of the top sides in the Premier League. So far this summer, Everton has been able to keep both Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini. Adding Dempsey would allow Everton to have one of its deepest squads in years.
The move for Dempsey would also allow Fellaini to move back to a defensive midfield position, which is his natural position. Though Fellaini and Jelavić have partnered well through their first two matches, that magical combination will only work for so long before opposing defenses figure out a way to stop them.
Furthermore, Dempsey has shown a great amount of flexibility throughout his career, which will allow him to work well with the players at Everton.
Another reason why Everton should consider going after Dempsey is that a completion of this transfer would allow the Toffees to practically steal a player from their local neighbors. Considering how talented a player Dempsey is, this move should be one that Everton should make, for it will have implications that will help the club for years.
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