Striker reveals emotional wait but says he never went on striker at Fulham.
Clint Dempsey has revealed he nearly “broke down in tears” after joining Spurs from Fulham but insists he never went on strike at Craven Cottage.
The US international sealed a £6m move to White Hart Lane on transfer deadline day, completing the switch minutes before the 11pm cut-off.
The 29-year-old had been expected to join Liverpool but the Merseysiders failed to meet Fulham’s asking price and the entire saga was trying for the US forward.
“I just remember calling my wife and my mum and almost wanting to break down in tears because it was a tough time,” he told Sports Illustrated.
“Going into that last day and night there were still a lot of question marks. It wasn’t clear-cut this was going to happen.
“Some other things came up and you are going through that struggle, which was not fun for anybody.
“It was difficult for Fulham and for me, not knowing how it’s going to end.
“It’s just about having that faith, holding onto hope that something was going to happen that both parties were going to be happy with.
“In the end that was accomplished, but the deal didn’t get done until right about 9pm, and that was when a fee was agreed.
“But then you had to look at all the logistics, trying to get to Tottenham’s training ground, trying to make sure all the paperwork was through, doing the medical, signing the contract and having everything sent back before the deadline at 11.
“Everything was sent through at like 10:58, so you’re there, but you’re still like: ‘Is this official yet?’.”
Dempsey did not feature for Fulham this season, with rumours that the player had gone on strike, something he refutes.
“I did not refuse to play. There were some things that were said that were not true.”
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