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Dempsey joins Tottenham in last-minute deal

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The long, drawn-out saga surrounding Clint Dempsey's club future has finally come to an end, and it has ended with his long-sought move to a bigger club than Fulham.

Dempsey has completed a transfer deadline day move to Tottenham. According to FOX Soccer, Dempsey moved to Tottenham in a $9.6 million transfer. Dempsey arrived at Spurs Lodge on Friday afternoon to undergo his medical and has now completed the move, signing a three-year contract.

The transfer ends a summer ordeal that saw few real offers made for the 29-year-old U.S. national team star. A potential move to Liverpool dominated headlines, particularly after Brendan Rogers admitted having interest in Dempsey, but that never culminated in an actual offer from the Reds. At least not until Friday.

Other clubs expressed interest, including Sunderland and Aston Villa, but it was ultimately Tottenham that stepped up with the offer that finally satisfied Fulham.

What do you think about Dempsey joining Tottenham? Think it's a great move? Wish he would have wound up elsewhere?

Share your thoughts below.

176 comments
  • oscarinfw

    I would have preferred Arsenal and Dempsey would have had an easier time getting minutes at Liverpool but Tottenham looks to be a pretty good bet to finish in the top 3/4. With a decent rotation, Dempsey should get plenty of minutes and I would not be surprised if he managed to work his way to a regular starting role.

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  • FulhamDC

    You are right about Berbatov and Richardson, but i was referringto Got to the whole window. Got rid of 3 over 30 guys, Etuhuu, Johnson and Murphy. Brought in only 1, Berbatov.

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  • PD

    Is this your first rodeo when it comes to football transfers. It’s an ugly business and I’m pretty sure a year from now no one involved will be feeling bad blood. This “Polly Anna” scouts honor BS is pretty naïve.

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  • Spurs are overrated in the U.S.

    Spurs are in such turmoil I doubt if this is a good move for Dempsey. Still he managed to cash in on his good year, two years in Spurs reserves he’ll be set for life and can finish out his career in MLS. It’s a shame he had to settle, Spurs are not a top EPL team and obviously not the Champions Leaugue team Dempsey said he wanted.

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  • Conrad

    My point I’d that van der vaart doesn’t leave an open space because he wasn’t used.

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  • Fan Futbol

    Two favorite sports teams, in order: (1) USMNT, (2) Liverpool. No other team in any sport is close. Terribly disappointed with no Dempsey transfer to Pool. Man, it would have been awesome wearing that Demps jersey. A little annoyed by the anti-American bias (not on this site, but in England) re his transfer; hope he scores 20+ goals again and makes his doubters look silly.

    FF

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  • Francois

    Haha word! I’m from inglewood, and people don’t pull guns out unless they’re shooting at someone out here haha

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  • jjzaps

    uh, yeah they upgraded their squad. They lost Modric to Madrid, and VDV. Not sure the players added equal that.

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  • Seriously?

    Yeah Jol, how dare you not play a guy who said he doesn’t want to play for your team anymore, what a jerk that manager is

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  • Drew

    We’ll see. VDV never could go the full 90 minutes, and for a player as good as Modric is, he had long stretches of being anonymous. The point I was trying to make is that Spurs have finished top 4 two of the past three years. The year they didn’t, they had Champions League responsibilities and the squad wasn’t deep enough to succeed in both the league and the CL. With the slew of additions, that problem has been lessened.

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  • goyim

    Spurs finished in the top 4 (i.e. Champions’ League positions) in two of the last three years. 99% of the time a top 4 finish gets you into CL qualifying (at minimum) last year (with Chelsea winning CL with a 6th place finish in EPL) was the 1%.

    There are no guaranteed CL teams in the EPL this year (looking ahead to qualifying for 2013-14 CL) besides the two Manchester teams. Chelsea looks to be the third team in (although today’s meltdown against Athletico Madrid may indicate otherwise).

    Dempsey never had a chance of going to any of those 3 teams. The 4th CL spot comes down to Arsenal, Newcastle, or Spurs. With Arsenal’s turnover this year Spurs, IMO, are the favorites for the 4th spot.

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  • Old School

    Yes.

    “How dare” a manager for lying to the media, leaving a player behind and attempting to ruin a reputation of a player that’s been nothing but outstanding in all capacities.

    YOU…on the other hand, would play for that kind of manager with the above criteria. Bravo?

    Sorry, not everyone are pacifists.

    Shocking as it may be, some athletes have ambition and are honest about that ambition, 12 months in advance.

    Jol was complacent given this acknowledgement and is certainly NOT the victim. He’s just the bully that tries to paint himself as such in the media.

    What a jerk that manager is…you’re right.

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  • Matt Snyder

    You’re pretty ignorant and naive if you think Dempsey “refused” to play and “wasn’t committed to the team”.
    That was all dirty posturing and negotiating tactics by Fulham. The team and owner have/has a Looooong history of handling players that way when they are near the end of contract and have elected not to re-sign and simply play out their term.

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  • Juan

    Clint has a habit of leaving clubs on less than good terms. He was suspended once with the Revs over practice drama and left them as soon as he could for a better team. Now he’s done it in England. In two years, expect the same thing with Tottenham.

    I used to like him a lot when he was a Rev. He was fresh, exciting, did a lot of high skill moves on the field that were popular with the fans. I started to like him less as his head started to grow. Now I look at him as basically a mercenary. What can you do for me now is his attitude.

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  • meyers7

    Sad day. My favorite American player going to scum. Can’t even cheer for him anymore.😦

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  • Sooth Sayer Hate Stoppa

    CLEAR CLEAR CLEAR. THE SOOTH SAYER HATE STOPPA IS HERE.

    All of you from above makin comments like “Come on, Clint” and “Dempsey made a fool of himself” can stop now. Da Hate is the only thing that got to stop.

    Da Deuce is Prime Time Baby. PRIME TIME. THAT’S RIGHT PRIME TIME. It’s simple. He performs. He does it everywhere he goes. And he wanted out of Fulham. Period. If that’s what he wants, dats what he can go for. If yall haters want to eat lots of popcorn today, den do it!

    This is professional sports. It’s a business. If you want someone who stays classy- it’s da Deuce. He did what he had to do to force the move. I’m happy for him. And we’ll see what happens. His play will do all da talkin he needs to do.

    Nuff Said.

    Da Hate is Over.

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  • Sooth Sayer Hate Stoppa

    CLEAR CLEAR CLEAR. THE SOOTH SAYER HATE STOPPA IS HERE.

    All of you from above makin comments like “Come on, Clint” and “Dempsey made a fool of himself” can stop now. Da Hate is the only thing that got to stop.

    Da Deuce is Prime Time Baby. PRIME TIME. THAT’S RIGHT PRIME TIME. It’s simple. He performs. He does it everywhere he goes. And he wanted out of Fulham. Period. If that’s what he wants, dats what he can go for. If yall haters want to eat lots of popcorn today, den do it!

    This is professional sports. It’s a business. If you want someone who stays classy- it’s da Deuce. He did what he had to do to force the move. I’m happy for him. And we’ll see what happens. His play will do all da talkin he needs to do.

    Nuff Said.

    Da Hate is Over.

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  • Old School

    A history? Hyperbole much?

    Steve Nichols, his only previous professional manager…stuck up for Dempsey’s character/professionalism when Jol was feeding blatant lies to the media.

    Again, a history? We’re talking one time prior to this and he left for the very reason he’s leaving Fulham: He’s better than his current residence/level and has ambition.

    Seriously….mercenary? Are you even familiar with that term and how it’s actually applicable in that the soccer realm?

    I’m baffled by your post and even more confused at where the logic comes from.

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