Anfield side to make opening offer for Craven Cottage attacker.
LIVERPOOL’S American owners have given the nod for boss Brendan Rodgers to swoop for Clint Dempsey.
John W Henry and Tom Werner would love Rodgers to add Texas-born Dempsey to a revamped attacking set-up – alongside Luis Suarez and new £10.5m hitman Fabio Borini.
And that means the end at Anfield for £35m hitman Andy Carroll – who will discover he has no Kop future in a face-to-face meeting with Rodgers.
Carroll, along with his England team-mates Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson and Martin Kelly, will link up with the rest of the Liverpool squad in Boston a week tomorrow as they start a pre-season tour of North America.
And once they touch down, Rodgers will tell Carroll that he doesn’t fit into his plans.
Carroll’s first reaction will be to fight for his place.
But after making a strong case for a regular England spot with his performances at Euro 2012, Carroll won’t want to be frozen out of club football for too long.
That’s why Fulham will hope he’ll consider a switch to Craven Cottage in place of Dempsey, with a 12-month loan a strong possibility.
Fulham want Liverpool to cough up £10m for Dempsey, 29, who has 12 months left on his contract. But Rodgers is confident that he can get his man for £8m.
SOURCE: Daily Star
A front three of Fabio Borini, Luis Suarez and Clint Dempsey would certainly be a vast improvement on the attack that Kenny Dalglish has to make do with during his brief second spell as Liverpool boss and the signs are that Fulham attacker Clint Dempsey would certainly be tempted by a move to Anfield.
The American international has seemingly no intention of signing a new Craven Cottage contract and as such Martin Jol may feel compelled to cash in on the 29 year old over the possibility of losing the Texan on a free in a year’s time.
Though Rodgers would ideally be looking to bring in further youthful options to the Liverpool squad he seems ready to offload Andy Carroll, either on loan or on a permanent basis, and ready to replace the England man with a player six years his elder. This may also be down to the fact that the former Newcastle United man doesn’t really fit with the former Swansea City manager’s style of play, namely down on the deck.
Dempsey had a marvelous season last term, seemingly every effort he had on goal hit the target and Rodgers will be keen to bring in a player who is in-form who can help form an attacking triumvirate with Borini and Suarez.
If the Liverpool boss can fund any move for Dempsey with funds generated from the possible sale of Carrroll then clearly that would be an added bonus though it seems clear that the Merseyside club’s owners will be ready to back the new manager with significant transfer funds, albeit perhaps not in the same ball-park as the £120m handed to his predecessor Dalglish.
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