Anfield hoping to be able to use Paul Konchesky to help snare Craven Cottage’s star performer?
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Liverpool eye Clint Dempsey transfer
Fulham have been offered a boomerang deal to take back Paul Konchesky, with Liverpool keen to use him in a transfer deal to buy Clint Dempsey.
Konchesky, a Roy Hodgson signing, has been a flop in front of the Kop in his four months at the club – failing to prove his credentials at left-back.
Frozen out of first-team plans since Kenny Dalglish began his reign, Konchesky is limited in his movements due to Premier League rules stipulating a player may not play for more than two top-flight clubs in any one season.
Utility player Chris Baird has been warming Konchesky’s old spot in Fulham’s defence, but with limited funds Mark Hughes would only be inclined to bring the 29-year-old back to Craven Cottage on a loan deal following his £4m move to Liverpool last August.
Anfield bosses could look to maximise the deal by bringing in highly-rated playmaker Clint Dempsey, who has been in excellent form this season.
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The 27-year-old Texan, who is contracted to the Cottagers until 2013, makes sense for the Reds’ American owners New England Sports Ventures who are keen to focus on maximising players’ marketing potential.
As transfer rumours go this one may have to be consigned to the wishful thinking basket. There seems little doubt that Paul Konchesky has played his last game for Liverpool due to a mixture of reasons relating to poor form and his mum, but quite how this source arrives at the idea that he would a) be going back to Fulham (who it seems have replaced him with in form Chris Baird) and that b) they could nab Clint Dempsey, seems highly contrived and unlikely.
Sure as a rumour it adds up. American owners would like American player but it doesn’t really work like that. Mark Hughes is unlikely to want to sell one of his most potent attacking weapons when they are in a very real relegation dog fight, and whilst the West London club may have limited funds they will not be as silly as to sell arguably their best player for a relatively big fee just to end up getting relegated because of that very sale.
Paul Konchesky has been linked with a number of clubs in the Championship and his performances this term may see a move downwards a far more likely proposition and perhaps Liverpool can then look to reinvest what little funds they would get from that sale to put towards the pot for much needed new additions.
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