By Alan Nixon
Liverpool’s money-men are trying to sell players to raise the funds to buy Clint Dempsey from Fulham .
Specifically, Anfield supremo John Henry is hoping to move out midfielders Charlie Adam and Jay Spearing in the next few days.
The Anfield transfer kitty is now so low that even a relatively modest £7.5million splash for Dempsey would stretch their resources too far.
So, Adam is being offered to Fulham in part-exchange for Dempsey, valued in the deal at £5m – but the Scotland international is reluctant to move to London.
Everton are keen on Adam , and Toffees boss David Moyes may come in with a low offer as he knows the neighbours across Stanley Park want a quick sale with next Friday’s deadline looming.
Young Spearing can also be sold, with his place in the squad at risk following the summer arrival of Wales and Team GB midfielder Joe Allen from Swansea.
Bolton are keen to take Spearing on loan to help their bid to win instant promotion back to the Premier League, but may have to go the extra mile and buy to get their man.
Spearing will be valued at around £3m, so if both he and Adam are sold it will go a long way to securing the cash needed to bring in long-term target Dempsey.
The fact that striker Andy Carroll has so far been priced out of a sale – and Liverpool’s refusal to drop his valuation – has affected new manager Brendan Rodgers’ dealing this window.