Can Liverpool new man Brendan Rodgers convince Fulham’s prolific goal scorer Clint Dempsey to make a move to Anfield.
As much as I would love to see him playing for the Reds with many of today’s top players, and especially for someone like Dempsey at the age of 29 playing in a team capable of winning the Champions League is a huge consideration when it comes to choosing who you would like to play for.
I think Rodgers is going to have a hard time signing him, but my fingers are crossed that he will come to Anfield.
Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey admits that he wants to play in the Champions League before his career is through, but remains focused on producing his best for the Cottagers.
The 29-year-old, who has one year left on his contract at Craven Cottage, scored 17 league goals for Martin Jol’s side this season, attracting interest from the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United in the process.
Since arriving in west London from New England Revolution in 2007, Dempsey has played an integral role in a Fulham side that has established itself as a Premier League stalwart and reached the final of the Europa League in 2010, losing to Atletico Madrid in extra time.
Having played at the World Cup for the USA, Dempsey is keen to play in Europe’s premier club competition and has been encouraged by national coach Jurgen Klinsmann to make the step up to a team playing in the Champions League.
“The transfer window is open until August 31 – it’s no secret that I would like to play Champions League one day in my career,” Dempsey said. “If it’s meant to be, it will be.”
Whatever the outcome of this summer’s transfer comings and goings, Dempsey remains committed to Fulham until his future is decided.
“What I do is focus on the teams that I play for,” he added. “I give my heart to them, work as hard as I can to try to make the most of my time and make the most of the career that I have left.”
Dempsey is currently with the USA squad ahead of Thursday’s friendly with Brazil, although his lack of training time following a groin injury threatens to side-line him for a second friendly after he sat out Saturday’s 5-1 rout of Scotland.
“I’m lacking a little bit of match fitness, but continue working hard,” Dempsey said. “I felt okay. As far as getting on the ball I felt confident. But I lacked a little bit of fitness getting around the field and being able to pressurise defensively.”
The highly-rated Dempsey, 29 – who scored 17 times for Fulham last season – has only one year remaining on his contract and the American forward is set to quit Craven Cottage.
Clubs believe he can be snapped up for a bargain fee and Rodgers is ready to battle Merseyside neighbours Everton and Arsenal for him.