Upton Park side want Craven Cottage forward.
West Ham try to pinch Clint Dempsey ahead of Arsenal and Liverpool
West Ham are hopeful of beating Arsenal and Liverpool to the signature of Clint Dempsey, who is determined to leave Fulham before the start of the season according to manager Martin Jol.
Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is on the lookout for more new players in the final stages of the transfer window, despite already bringing in James Collins, Alou Diarra, Mohamed Diame, Modibo Maiga and goalkeepers Jussi Jaaskelainen, Stephen Henderson and Raphael Spiegel this summer.
The club are still keen to add a true marquee signing though, and after missing out on an £18million deal for Liverpool striker Andy Carroll they now hope to mix with the big boys to try and land Fulham forward Dempsey.
Fulham are certainly ready to sell Clint Dempsey have fined the American for refusing to play for the West London club and Martin Jol will want to see the whole saga dealt with as soon as possible to avoid the issue becoming a distraction at Craven Cottage.
Liverpool and Arsenal may well both be interested but as yet neither club has made an offer that would tempt Fulham into selling their prized asset and if West Ham do indeed want to sign the 29 year old Texan then they may need to put in a decent bid to get the ball rolling.
One wonders if Dempsey would consider leaving Fulham for a side that has only just returned to the top tier as he may consider that a step backwards and the impression is that the in-form attacker is after a move upwards having previously stated that he wants to be involved in top European club competitions, something West Ham may struggle to secure.
However Sam Allardyce’s side have shown their ambition this summer with some very decent signings so could well have a chance of luring the Fulham man to Upton Park if no other offers are made.
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