When United States men’s national soccer team captain Clint Dempsey returned to Major League Soccer earlier this year many wondered if he would ever find his way back to the English Premier League. Well, we didn’t have to wait long to get our answer.
A report in The Guardian on Monday claims that Dempsey will join his former team, Fulham, on a two-month loan starting in January. Fulham is likely to lose forward Dimitar Berbatov during the January transfer window and Dempsey could slot in and take over for him immediately.
American sources claim the former Fulham midfielder/striker could join the team as soon as January 1. During his time at Craven Cottage, Dempsey scored 50 goals, including a breakout campaign during the 2011-2012 season where he netted 23 goals in all competitions. The 30-year-old Texan was a wildly popular player at Fulham and the club’s fans would almost certainly welcome his return.
In all he played 184 matches for Fulham from 2007-2012 before he signed with Tottenham Hotspur for the 2012-2013 season. Dempsey then engineered a move to the Seattle Sounders for the end of 2013 season, where he scored one goal in nine appearances.
Fulham has struggled this season, as the squad currently sits in 19th place (out of 20 teams) in the Premier League and at this rate would be relegated to a lower division at the end of the season. The Cottagers are 4-11-1 on the season and have just 13 points.
Dempsey will definitely be going somewhere when the January transfer window opens, but it may not be completely locked in yet. West Ham and Stoke are also said to be interested in bringing Dempsey aboard, but Fulham appears to be where he will land unless something crazy happens.