Liverpool Hotspurned: Dempsey Tottenham-Bound As Window Closes

Clint Dempsey signed a three-year deal with Tottenham Hotspur on Friday, just hours before the end of the transfer window.

Sky Sports reporting the clubs had agreed on a transfer fee of 6 million pounds ($9.5 million).

Will The Deuce Abide…and remain at Fulham?

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45 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by matthewsf on 2012/08/31 at 8:34 AM

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  2. Posted by matthewsf on 2012/08/31 at 8:36 AM

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  3. Posted by matthewsf on 2012/08/31 at 8:38 AM

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  4. Posted by Eric on 2012/08/31 at 8:40 AM

    Strangely enough my FIFA manager mode just had ManCity buy Maicon during the last transfer window. Weird.

    Anyways, Liverpool have been making a few sales (see Charlie Adam on the move) which could be a sign they’re moving for Deuce soon.

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  5. Posted by matthewsf on 2012/08/31 at 9:56 AM

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  6. Posted by matthewsf on 2012/08/31 at 10:05 AM

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    • Posted by Crow on 2012/08/31 at 2:06 PM

      What a coup that is! I really wish Gooch could get healthy and in form one last time. I’ll never forget seeing him go down on that rainy RFK pitch in front of me. I think I knew immediately that he would never be the same- really disturbing injury.

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  7. Posted by mbw on 2012/08/31 at 10:09 AM

    Tony Pulis and Stoke City are exhibiting a Bradley/Klinsmannesque inclination to stockpile central midfielders.

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  8. Posted by matthewsf on 2012/08/31 at 10:15 AM

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    • Posted by Crow on 2012/08/31 at 2:05 PM

      Will he see any playing time or is this just a backup/apprenticeship?

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      • Posted by Eric on 2012/08/31 at 2:57 PM

        He’s only 19 still. He’ll be a back up and is probably just seen as a developmental project. Maybe he’ll get loaned out in January or something.

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  9. Now that the Berbs is in West London, might the Cottagers have a better shot at the CL than Liverpool?

    Though Berbs wasn’t a world-beater at United, he rose to the occaision at Tottenham and with their new striking additions plus keeping Dembele they could be a fun team to watch this season…

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  10. Posted by Eric on 2012/08/31 at 1:00 PM

    If you believe Sky sports, Liverpool has backed out of a Dempsey deal because the highest they were willing to offer Fulham was 4 million. If that’s true then no wonder Fulham rejected the offer.

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  11. Posted by Shawn G on 2012/08/31 at 1:01 PM

    Dempsey should have got Gooch’s Agent. Gooch has been signed to AC Milan, Sporting Lisbon and now a Spanish Club in the Champions League. If he really wanted Champions League he should have looked outside England. I don’t blame Fulham. Liverpool’s £4million offer is laughable.

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  12. Posted by Jason on 2012/08/31 at 1:33 PM

    Looks like Dempsey is at Spurs. That is the best possible landing spot for him of all I’ve heard IMO

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    • Posted by Shawn G on 2012/08/31 at 1:41 PM

      Agreed. Much better chance of Spurs getting back to Champions League before Liverpool.

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      • Posted by Crow on 2012/08/31 at 2:16 PM

        I never understood Deuce’s fascination with Liverpool- I mean I guess they used to be big club but so were the New York Knicks years ago- nobody cares anymore. Now he will be at a club that should have been in CL this year and will surely be next year. And he gets to stay in London.

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  13. Posted by Crow on 2012/08/31 at 2:05 PM

    I’ve been saying for 2 YEARS now why doesn’t Spurs sign Dempsey? About time. I like Spurs MUCH, MUCH, MUCH more than Liverpool as well- it will be much easier to cheer for them. I love watching games at White Heart Lane. I remember cursing inside as Spurs fell down the standings due to Redknapp last year and then watching Chelsea come back and win CL. A shame- Spurs should be in CL this year. Oh well, at least next year :)

    The “economy” wins- I’m on my way to purchase a Spurs kit and Fox Soccer Online package!

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    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/08/31 at 4:26 PM

      They sold two offensive players this window in Modric and VdV, right?

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      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/08/31 at 4:49 PM

        That’s a good bit of business for Spurs, and cannot believe Liverpool didn’t pony up the 6M for him. He is worth that for sure, not to mention the “off the field” benefits – it would have been very consistent with their business plan / marketing mix / blah blah for Liverpool’s continuing American market entry strategy. Now Spurs will have USA’s best [outfield] player in their team. I wonder how many new Spurs tops I will see in NYC this season? They’ve been touring the US for a few pre-seasons, right?

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        • Posted by Crow on 2012/08/31 at 5:01 PM

          I’m sure you will see lots of Dempsey kits. Bill Simmons from ESPN is an adopted “Spurs fan” and I’m sure alot of his followers that are probably fringe soccer/USMNT fans will catch on. Simmons tweeted about Spurs first inquiry about Dempsey today and within minutes it was retweeted over 100 times.

          I’m sure Dempsey will go down as the favorite athlete of my lifetime, so I would have even got a Liverpool kit of his, but I’m glad I didn’t have to do that! I’ve always liked Spurs kits- I think they are the cleanest in the EPL, although I think I liked the Puma one last year a bit better than the Under Armour version this year.

          I think its kind of comical that Under Armour is doing EPL kits now- they sure have grown.

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      • Posted by Nelson on 2012/08/31 at 6:26 PM

        also krancjar, dos santos, and on D Corluka. loaned Kane and Rose out.

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  14. Posted by Jason on 2012/08/31 at 2:06 PM

    Looks like it’s official Spurs for £6 mil

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  15. Posted by Shawn G on 2012/08/31 at 2:18 PM

    Just think, if Dempsey to Liverpool happened, one bad touch or miss by Dempsey and the fans would have chanted “Yank Out, Yank Out”. Liverpool maybe in the same city as Everton, but they’re fans are completely different.

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  16. Posted by Crow on 2012/08/31 at 2:22 PM

    Question was Spurs Legend JK “The Power Broker” on the phone getting this deal done? LOL I can envision a Moneyball type scene.

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  17. Posted by Crow on 2012/08/31 at 2:24 PM

    All I can say is when Dempsey scores his first goal the celebration will be much more explosive than the 2010 goal vs Turkey or the 2011 GC vs Jamaica. #watchout

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  18. Posted by scweeb on 2012/08/31 at 2:32 PM

    Lol i love reading the fan boards that dempsey plays for they always sell the man short no matter what he does.

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    • Posted by Crow on 2012/08/31 at 3:10 PM

      That will just fuel him more. He lives off the George Cross’ of the world. :) jk He’s been doing it his whole life.

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      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/08/31 at 4:37 PM

        I have never said that he was not a very good player – heck, i even said we would take him in SE25!! Just said he is not “World Class” or Championship material.

        Good luck to him. And I bet he and his family are very happy not to be moving to Wearside – proper grim up there.

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        • Posted by Crow on 2012/08/31 at 4:55 PM

          I’m just kidding George- you obviously don’t rate him as high as many of us- and maybe rightly so but you have been fair. I was just having some fun.

          I was getting sick of Dempsey getting trashed by Fulham fans who have a short memory of how much he has helped their team the last few years, and the Mexican trolls on every Dempsey article on other sites, and the rest of the Dempsey haters.

          I just really wish Dempsey would ask Jol (zero respect for him after the way he treated Dempsey in the press all of last year and threw him under the bus) if he liked apples on the way out.

          Side note- I still can’t believe those who were arguing that Jol’s approach towards Dempsey towards the end of the season in public could be positive. I knew things could turn ugly with Jol’s constant put-downs. The guy is a clown and an overrated coach.

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          • Crow,

            Jol may not be everyone’s cup of tea but he is a pretty damn good manager. He did manage Clint to his best year ever. And he did get Fulham to a higher finish than one would expect of such a humble club.

            So unless Fulham was a pickup team where everyone just did what they felt like, Jol deserves some credit for Clint’s success.

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            • Crow,

              By the way, in case you don’t agree with me, you should ask Spurs fans what they think of Jol as a manager.

        • Posted by Crow on 2012/08/31 at 5:05 PM

          Sorry again- I didn’t mean to be a jerk. You offer alot more to the comment section than I do. Glad to have you here. How was the Cascadia derby?

          I’ll be cheering for Crystal Palace to get promoted this year… well as long as it isn’t at the expense of Bolton!

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  19. Posted by Eric on 2012/08/31 at 3:07 PM

    It’s interesting reading some of the tweets from Tottenham fans. Some seem to be very excited what a lot of them seem to be looking at Dempsey with a lot of skepticism. Not sure they realize what a bargain they just got.

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    • Yeah, I was just looking at EPL goal scoring totals since the inception of the Premier League, and Dempsey is up there for active players, particularly for one who hasn’t been in the league all that long, and for a player who has played a good deal of his time as a midfielder.

      I do wonder if he was English what kind of price he would demand. I don’t doubt that he is as hungry as ever and will become a favorite at WHL quickly. If you watch his goals from last year, the variety is impressive, and his vision off the ball is very good.

      I think Clint’s versatility makes him hard to evaluate for people who don’t see him day in and day out. His overall personality as well, a certain degree of defiance which shows in his game, perhaps makes it hard for people to objectively evaluate his game. It’s like when the notion of a mobile quarterback emerged, or something closer to Deuce’s heart—what the artistic merits of hip-hop are. Some people aren’t comfortable with having that debate and often undervalue the characteristic in return. We shall see as he is undoubtedly now on a bigger stage.

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      • If you are talking about goal scoring English midfielders Lampard always comes up first for me. He has 128 goals in 377 appearances for Chelsea. That adds works out to a goal every 2.95 games. Deuce has 50 goals in 184 appearances for Fulham or a goal every 3.68 games.

        Of course, the two are stylistically very dissimilar from each other. I think of Lampard as more of a traditional midfielder while Deuce is more of a traditional forward .

        Lampard did well in part because Chelsea was set up to take advantage of his talent. I remember people worrying that Dempsey would suffer if he moved to a team not set up for him like Fulham. Now it seems that Spurs, with all their changes, may just turn out to be the best place to move to, in terms of scheme.

        It could work out real well for Deuce.

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  20. Posted by mbw on 2012/08/31 at 3:36 PM

    Big news for Deuce that the Moutinho deal came to naught. Now he’s sitting in the attacking midfield spot with Dembele as 8 and Sandro or Parker as 6. I’d expect him to get on a lot of balls from Bale and Lennon making the second run into the box.

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  21. Posted by Sean on 2012/08/31 at 3:50 PM

    Called demps to spurs the other day. nice

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  22. Posted by dude on 2012/08/31 at 4:10 PM

    Dempsey will win the respect of the damn team. Period. He will start. He got off the bench countless times at Fulham, and kept them from relegation in his first damn season.

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  23. Posted by Paula on 2012/08/31 at 4:40 PM

    Dempsey was underrated and benched @ Fulham under two successive managers, and fought his way back to the starting 11.

    Is there a reason he can’t do the same @ Spurs, if indeed he isn’t an immediate starter? People are so gloomy.

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    • Posted by schmutzdeck on 2012/08/31 at 9:02 PM

      Paula,

      That is something of an urban legend.
      In Clint’s first year he played in 12 games total.
      Since then he has never had fewer than 40 appearances per season. Except for injuries he has missed very few leagues games ( there is a maximum of 38 league games).
      If he had to prove himself to his Fulham managers they let him do it by playing in games.

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  24. Posted by crow on 2012/09/01 at 6:46 AM

    Are you watching Fulham fans? Nice performance vs west ham. Jol coach of the year.

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