Everton believe they can clinch a deal for Clint Dempsey at around £4million


EVERTON are chasing another American star – Fulham’s top-scorer Clint Dempsey.

The Goodison club already have two goalkeepers from the USA in Tim Howard – first choice for club and country – and Marcus Hahnemann.

And until the end of January they had LA Galaxy’s Landon Donovan on loan for the second time.

Now, Everton boss David Moyes wants Dempsey, 29 who has only a year remaining on his contract.

Dempsey, who can operate up front, behind the main striker or in wide positions, has been one of the Premier League’s outstanding performers this season.

Everton believe they can clinch a deal at around £4million.

That’s also the figure they have earmarked to bring back Steven Pienaar from Spurs – currently on loan with them from the White Hart Lane club.

Everton reluctantly sold the South African international winger to Spurs for £3m when his contract was running out.

Dempsey would represent a coup for Moyes if he arrives on Merseyside.

But Everton, who play at Manchester United today after losing last weekend’s FA Cup semi-final to Liverpool at Wem-bley, will face competition for Dempsey if Fulham can’t persuade him to stay.

Arsenal have also been strongly linked with him.

It is believed, meanwhile, that Everton have been recommended to Dempsey by his USA team-mate Donovan.