Anfield side ready to make offer for Craven Cottage forward.
Liverpool are reportedly readying a £12m bid for in-form Fulham marksman Clint Dempsey as Brendan Rodgers looks to improve his Anfield attacking options. The Northern Irish boss may well be ready to accept defeat in his pursuit of Hoffenheim’s Glyfi Sigurdsson, who is leaning towards a move to Tottenham and as a result the former Swansea City manager will switch his attention to the 29 year old American.
Fulham boss Martin Jol will be loathed to lose Dempsey but an offer of £12m for a player who appears open to a move away from Craven Cottage and has just a year left to run on his contract may be too tempting to turn down.
Dempsey notched up 23 goals in all competitions last term and is a player who can play in a number of positions and it’s this adaptability that appeals to Rodgers who is keen to beef up his Liverpool squad this summer. A move for the United States international may well also appeal to the Merseyside club’s owners who could see such a signing as useful to boost it’s standing in the North American market.
Rodgers has earmarked moves for a number of potential additions to boost his threadbare attack, that currently only includes three recognised strikers. One of which has failed to make an impact since his £35m move to the club, namely Andy Carroll. Another, Craig Bellamy, is clearly nearing the end of his career and may well work better in a wide role. This leaves Luis Suarez as the club’s only genuinely effective striking option.
Dempsey can play in an orthodox striking role or in an advanced central midfield role behind those up front.
A number of sides are said to be keen on the Texan who may well feel that the next contract he signs could be his last major deal. Given that Dempsey is in the form of his career to date it seems plausible that he may wish to make a move away from the West London club he has represented for five and a half seasons.