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Clint Dempsey transfer listed by Spurs

Jul 11, 2013, 5:35 PM EDT

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According to a report by The Times (accessible by subscription only), Clint Dempsey has been transfer listed by his club Tottenham Hotspur as they look to find a buyer for the attacking midfielder.

Just one relatively disappointing season after he shoved his way out of Fulham, he may be moving on again.

He scored just 7 Premier League goals last season in 29 appearances (22 starts) for Spurs, and there has been talk of a loan move while Andre Villas-Boas figures out the pecking order of his front midfield and strike force.  However, it would seem that – if true – AVB has decided to simply part ways with the American.

Dempsey was looking for bigger and better things – most notably Champions League play – when he made a somewhat fiery exit from Craven Cottage last summer on just before the deadline.  Spurs just barely missed qualification for the Champions League for the second straight season.

There are still two years remaining on the 30-year-old’s deal at White Hart Lane, and Clint’s agent Lyle Yorks told in May “Tottenham are very happy with Clint and he is very happy with them. There’s no truth to the [the report].”

It’s a bit of poor timing for Dempsey with the World Cup a season away, and he’ll want to get his future sorted out relatively quickly as the international game heats up in preparation for Brazil.

  1. twayward - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    this spurs supporter hopes the exit of players like dempsey, scott parker & tom huddlestone signals we’ll be bringing in more top class players entering their prime, like paulinho.

  2. mkbryant3 - Jul 11, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Wow, those Spurs fans are so loyal.

    • patriotsdefense - Jul 11, 2013 at 8:11 PM


      that said, Paulinho is the type of player you make room for. Dembele outplayed both Duce and Scotty P last year. He matched up with Paulinho is dangerous. It looks like Huddlestone slides into that last available midfield spot. Now White Hart Lane need to get serious and address CB/RB, IMO.

      I hope Dempsey goes to the LFC. I doubt Arsenal or Chelsea are interested. West Ham United, maybe?

      • midtec2005 - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        “Dembele outplayed both Duce and Scotty P last year.”

        Dembele and Parker play completely different roles than Dempsey. Clint is a victim of being in the same role as Bale… one of the best in the world.

      • djtomhanks - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:19 PM

        So I’m trying to gang up on you or anything but there are really a lot of holes in your comment. First of all, the most dire need for Spurs has been at the striker position for several years now. Adebayor is not interested and nowhere near consistent enough to be the first team striker at a team as talented as Spurs. JD is a great impact sub and can be deadly in spurts, he does not have the physique nor the skill set to play up top by himself. And in case you’re wondering, Harry Kane is the only other striker with any minutes at all in the top tier and he is nowhere near ready for the job. I can certainly say you are the only person I have ever seen on any Spurs blog/website who felt that the most pressing need for the side is at central defense or right fullback as opposed to striker. While a select few may argue for keeping JD in the side, no one seems to want to pay Ade £110,000 a week for his services. And as anyone following the team whatsoever can tell you without hesitation, the staff at WHL are making approaches to many different strikers and appear to be in total agreement with the supporters re: the need for more quality up top.
        And you might not be so familiar with Younes Kaboul since he got a season ending injury in the first game last season, he is back to full fitness. With our starters from last year plus Caulker, and Kaboul, we have 4 of the top central defenders in England at the moment. So basically, there is absolutely no need at Spurs whatsoever for any central defenders or right fullbacks for that matter since Kyle Walker (POV young player of the year in 2011/12) is also one of the best right fullback in England. Then we have 2 capable backups, including the cery promising Adam Smith for cover. We certainly could use another LEFT fullback as BAE had a poor season last year and Andre does not appear to trust him. While he has always been somewhat of a liability on defense, he was a starter under Redknapp due to his decent pace and skills on the attack. While I would personally like to see Danny Rose get a chance next year as he impressed at Wearside last season and no one else on the market this summer looks any better than him.
        I don’t have the energy to explain how AVB will likely set up his midfield or has in the past, I can definitely tell you T Hudd will not be a starter and is likely on his way out of the team.
        Oh and the Patriots are sucky cheaters that owe the Eagles a Super Bowl trophy. Anyway, COYS.

      • patriotsdefense - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:54 PM

        shut up eagles fan, that Super Bowl was won because your QB couldn’t stop throwing up in the huddle. If you want to cry about video taping d- signals I have 3 things for you. 1) Stealing signals is not illegal in the NFL. 2) Video taping them from the sideline became against the rules in 2006, thus having NOTHING to do with our 2004 Super Bowl 3) Andy Reid already got Belichick’s back and admitted the Eagles had similar practices, most people in the NFL did. By bring this up you prove you are en empty piece of nothing.

        Your other football points are all just as pointless as you missed Patriots attempt at a burn. We owe you nothing you adolescent little malefic cry baby.

    • danxp2 - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      As loyal as Dempsey was to Fulham last summer. Turn about is fair play. Players come and go, the friends you watch the game with die or grow up, the kit changes, the owner sells, the manager leaves, only the name stays the same, for me its The Arsenal… but I am interested to find out where Americans end up, non-goalkeepers anyway.

      • wfjackson3 - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:46 PM

        That’s a shenanigans comment. Dempsey stuck with Fulham through thick and thin despite being asked to change his game up twice. He played for 4 different managers in 5 years. Give me a break.

  3. paxonst - Jul 11, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    I had a feeling that Duce’s stay at Spurs wouldn’t be long when they did not qualify for Champions League. I was trying to think what club he would fit in as a starter. Maybe Everton, Sunderland, Stoke, or Southampton. I have a feeling he may go out on loan to one of the newly promoted clubs.

    • tarotsujimoto74 - Jul 11, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      Seeing him at Sunderland would be fantastic. I don’t know much about their depth at the position, but he if had the opportunity to play with Jozy all year long before the WC, that’d be perfect.

      • mikeevergreen - Jul 11, 2013 at 7:06 PM

        If he lands at Stadium of Light, don’t be too surprised if Tim Howard or Landon Donovan transfer there.

  4. derekjetersmansion - Jul 11, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    the only way this report makes sense is if AVB told him he isn’t guaranteed starter status, which is plausible, considering the new guys.

  5. the0verheadwire - Jul 11, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Not that they really care, but Spurs will lose any American support they gained last year with a move away for Dempsey. I never lived in England so I don’t have a team based on geography. My teams are the ones with my guys on them. Stoke, Sunderland, Aston Villa, Everton and hopefully still Spurs.

  6. suchajoke - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Any of the non-elite Premier league teams would love to have Clint…..Gotta figure Sunderland would be interested, and how awesome would it be if Howard and Donovan head there as well??

    Little Sunderland would a whole new country behind them and it would be great for our national team as well

    With that being said, he could still easily stay with Spurs and be fine there…..he may not be first choice, but he will be important and play alot either way…..he’s too good not to

  7. brunotheaffablecynic - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    If Deuce isn’t in their plans then he needs to go where he can get playing time. Playing with Altidore in Sunderland sounds intriguing as far as getting in sync for World Cup play goes. Everton would be interesting as well…

  8. Rob - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    This is amazingly good news if true. Dempsey isn’t good enough for the EPL, I laugh at the comment that he was looking for champs league because he doesn’t deserve it.

    Spurs need to buy world class players, not average joes like Dempsey. A one season wonder at Fulham, his historic stats prove how rubbish he is, he should go back to america where players of his standard are considered good.

    • pottershop2 - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      Not good enough for the EPL? Eurosnob. Do you even pay attention to games at all?

  9. seanb20124 - Jul 12, 2013 at 6:07 AM

    Hope he goes to Fulham, I can break out my Dempsey jersey again. I refuse to call me kits

  10. rocket1888 - Jul 13, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    and liverpool fans were upset they did not sign such a great player during last summer.

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