Clint Dempsey: Tottenham Hotspur Signs Former Fulham Midfielder
According to ESPN, new Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas made an 11th-hour bid for the 29-year-old, which was accepted by Fulham.
There was some speculation that Dempsey, who was rumored to sign with Liverpool, would turn down the deal. According to The Daily Mail, Fulham and Aston Villa agreed upon a £7 million deal that would send Dempsey to the Birmingham-based club.
Instead, Dempsey is staying in London and will join Villas-Boas, as well as new signees Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jan Vertonghen, Emmanuel Adebayor and, as of today former Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, according to ESPN.
It's the most surprising move of the summer transfer window and when it comes to moves like this, Tottenham is "King of the Hill." Their roster has been dramatically improved and Villas-Boas has had less than two months to make it happen.
But a hefty war-chest provided by Chairman Daniel Levy and the additional £40 million that came in from the sales of Luka Modric and Rafael Van Der Vaart helped quite a bit.
It'll be interesting to see where Villas-Boas slots him, whether it's at his normal position of attacking midfielder, or possibly up a bit at centre-forward. Perhaps he might even spend a little time on the wing.
Dempsey joined Fulham in 2006 on a permanent move from MLS club New England Revolution. In his six full seasons with the West London club, he made 225 appearances and scored 60 goals.
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