The Clint Dempsey transfer saga has finally reached its end and the American has landed with Tottenham Hotspur.
REPORT: FULHAM HAVE ACCEPTED A FEE FOR DEMPSEY FROM TOTTENHAM.— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) August 31, 2012
Sky Sources: Clint Dempsey agrees terms with Tottenham #skydeadlineday— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 31, 2012
ESPN FC added via Twitter that Tottenham will pay £6 million for Dempsey.
BREAKING: Clint Dempsey has joined Tottenham on a three-year deal for £6 million— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 31, 2012
The 29-year-old American had the best season of his career the previous campaign, carrying the Cottagers’ attack with 17 goals and six assists in 37 Premier League appearances. Only Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Sergio Aguero scored more goals in the historically significant season by an American.
Dempsey has been assumed to be on his way out of Craven Cottage for nearly the entire summer, but it took the looming close of the transfer window to finally put enough pressure on Fulham to sell its star. Dempsey did not appear in either of Fulham’s two Premier League games due to his imminent exit.
He had been linked to several different clubs throughout this ordeal, but The Independent noted that Aston Villa, Liverpool and Sunderland were thought to be the favorites to pull off a last-minute deal until Tottenham swooped in and got the American’s signature. Sky Sports earlier reported that Fulham had agreed upon a £7 million deal from Aston Villa for the 29-year-old American.
Dempsey will join fellow American Brad Friedel—Spurs’ first-choice goalkeeper—in North London.
Tottenham’s season has gotten off to a lackluster start with a loss to Newcastle and a draw with West Bromwich Albion. Now, star striker Emanuel Adebayor has secured a permanent transfer with the club and Dempsey will add another dimension to the attack.
New manager Andre Villas-Boas has certainly ended the transfer window on a high note, and now he must coax positive performances out of Dempsey and his other talented attackers.