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Clint Dempsey on loan: British tabloid gets jump start on speculation

Nov 13, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

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Take this with a lick of salt: the Mirror isn’t exactly known for having a discerning filter when it comes to transfer rumors. In fact, today’s report on Seattle’s Clint Dempsey could be filed under “stating the obvious,” but with the Sounders out of Major League Soccer’s playoffs, this discussion’s inevitable. The U.S. captain is going out on loan. The only question is where.

The British tabloid lists the four most-obvious links, whether they make sense or not:

  • Tottenham Hotspur – Dempsey’s last team who the Mirror claim “have first option to bring him back to the Premier League,” but with Spurs already unable to find time for Erik Lamela, adding Clint Dempsey to a team having trouble gelling seems unlikely.
  • Fulham – Bad team looking to add the type of player who can help keep them in the Premier League (even if he’d only be there for two months)? This makes sense for all involved. If Martin Jol‘s still around come January, you’d have to think he’d love to a chance to rekindle Clint’s Cottager form.
  • Everton – Dempsey playing in Roberto Martínez‘s set up? I’m not saying he can’t do it, but I am wondering whether the Toffees boss would see him as an ideal acquisition. This link feels more like a tabloid connecting the dots between Tim Howard, Landon Donovan, and another potential American acquisition.
  • Aston Villa – Another U.S.-loving team, right? That may be the logic here, though adding Dempsey couldn’t hurt. The question from Dempsey’s point of view: Where would he play on a team that has a good thing going when Christian Benteke, Gabriel Agbonlahor, and Andreas Wiemann are all healthy. Remember: The point of this loan is to play.

Dempsey is almost certainly going on loan (his contract allows him to do so this offseason), but given World Cup preparation is the point to this whole exercise, fit will be important. Fulham, a club very familiar to Dempsey, makes the most sense. The rest of the teams on this list? The links seem superficial.

  1. paladinvt - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Given Dempsey’s recent poor form, why would any of those teams want to take him on? The best thing you can say for him right now is that it takes a bit for him to bed in with a new squad, which makes the value of a short-term loan even more questionable.

  2. medic0nduty - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    I’m thinking Fulham at this point, assuming of course Jol is out by January (which seems more and more likely with every passing week).

  3. mdac1012 - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    As much as I would like to see Duece back playing in England, I can’t remember a time recently when he hasn’t had some kind of injury. And as we have seen with Messi, these leg injuries they don’t heal if you keep playing. He might be better served sitting out, healing his body and getting ready for what is going to be a long 2014.

  4. d4nielbritt - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    So Dempsey is going to want to go back to Fulham? The team he couldn’t leave fast enough and is in much worse shape now?

    Pardon my skepticism, but this is poorly thought out-at best.

    • Richard Farley - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:09 PM

      Are you under the impression Clint hates Fulham, burnt bridges, or thinks it would be beneath him to go back to Craven Cottage? I don’t see any reason why any of these things would be true. Clint’s move to Spurs (the circumstances of it) are entirely different than a fitness-based short-term loan during MLS’s offseason.

  5. hildezero - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    I find those choices interesting. But what about Liverpool? The club that was going after him when he was in Fulham. I mean, Liverpool IS owned by an American…

    • Richard Farley - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:19 PM

      We should ask the Mirror to add them to the list. They might oblige.

    • reformed2012 - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:35 PM

      Same with ManU and Arsenal.

  6. danielofthedale - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    When was the last time Clint played a run of games being close to fully fit? If he rrly wants to do what’s best for the US come next summer he should take a few months to rest up and get healthy. Going on loan and having to break into a side, which is not guaranteed to happen, only goes to serve his ego and not the National team.

  7. hildezero - Nov 14, 2013 at 12:04 AM


    Yeah, but they weren’t interested in him.

  8. - Nov 14, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    U also believe a short term loan makes no sense for these team since he will take some time to bed in with his teammates.

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