West Ham United are reportedly winning the race to sign Clint Dempsey on a shot-term deal. The American International moved to Seattle Sounders from Tottenham Hotspur this summer but is said to be keen on a return to England during the MLS close-season. It is believed that Dempsey has a clause inserted in his contract at Sounders that allows him to make a loan move after the end of the MLS season.
West Ham United’s problems in front of goal have been well-documented as the Hammers have scored only nine goals so far this season and with Andy Carroll still out with injury, it is believed that Sam Allardyce has already made an approach to sign the American International.
The likes of Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane have made moves of a similar nature from the MLS to the Premier League in the past and therefore West Ham are said to be optimistic of landing Dempsey. The 30-year old has a lot Premier League pedigree and will certainly improve the Hammers if he arrives.
The 30-year old started his career in the MLS with the New England Revolution and caught the eye of Premier League side Fulham. After 3 seasons at New England, the midfielder arrived at Craven Cottage in 2006 for a reported fee of around £2million.
Dempsey enjoyed a very successful time with the Cottagers. In his 6 seasons at the club, the midfielder made 225 appearances and managed to score 60 goals. In the 2011-12 season, Dempsey’s last season at Fulham, the 30-year-old managed an impressive 17 goals in the league.
He then moved to Tottenham Hotspurs last season and played an important part as Spurs managed a 5th place finish in the league, narrowly missing out on the Champions League.Dempsey featured in 213 Premier League matches scoring 57 goals and currently holds the record of most goals scored by an American in the league.
Written by: Sarad Bade Shrestha