Clint Dempsey has joined Tottenham Hotspur from Fulham in a last minute deadline day move.
Dempsey has signed a 3-year deal at Tottenham. Spurs paid £6m for the American attacking midfielder. He’s the second signing from Fulham this window after Moussa Dembélé also moved to North London earlier this week.
The player was linked with a move to Liverpool earlier this transfer window, but after the Reds’ owners FSG announced Dempsey’s signing via the website of their TV channel NESN, it became clear a deal was far from done.
“Even Brendan Rodgers told everyone he was interested in Clint Dempsey, but our people never had an offer. It is almost embarrassing. If you have shown interest in a player, you have to follow it up with an offer,” said Fulham manager Martin Jol.
Dempsey and his representatives pulled into Spurs Lodge about 40 minutes before the transfer deadline of 11pm local time. The deal was officially announced by Spurs 30 minutes after the window had closed.
Because Dempsey was not registered a Spurs player before 6pm Friday afternoon, he will not be eligible to feature in Saturday’s match against Norwich City.
Dempsey joined Fulham in 2006 from Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution. Fulham paid £2m for his signature, making Dempsey the most expensive signing from the MLS at the time. He made his Fulham debut at Craven Cottage in a 3-3 draw against Spurs on 20 January 2007.
Dempsey made 224 appearances for Fulham, scoring 60 goals. His contributions earned him the title Fulham’s Player Of The Year in the last 2 seasons.