According to reports Manchester United are interested in Fulham forward Clint Dempsey.
The USA international has admitted he wants to play in the Champions League and so is looking for a big-club move.
It is understood that Dempsey is being eyed by both Arsenal and Liverpool.
However, the Daily Star claims United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is also showing interest.
Dembele hints at Fulham stay
MOUSSA Dembele insists he feels totally committed to playing for Fulham – because of Martin Jol.
The Belgian has been the subject of a great deal of speculation about his future, because he has yet to sign a new deal and has only a year to go on his current contract.
But the good news for now, as far as Fulham fans are concerned, is that he says he is not angling for a move and is simply thinking about next season at the Cottage.
The club hope that means he will put pen to paper and not just wind down his contract and walk out as a free agent in 2013.
The Fulham boss, too, is anxious to keep his man. As soon as Jol arrived a year ago, he identified the talented midfielder as a player he rated highly and wanted to build his team around.
"I'm very happy to stay at Fulham, especially because of the boss," Dembele told the Chronicle.
"I think it's very important to have the backing of the manager and he’s a coach who gives me a lot of confidence – that’s why I feel I owe it to the gaffer as well.
"I think every player needs that and I’m no different. I go to training every day and work with joy. It’s a fantastic club and I’m not in a hurry to move anywhere."
As if to demonstrate his single mindedness about Fulham, Dembele added: "I'm very happy with the change this year in the position I play because I’m a player who likes to have the ball as much as possible – and that is down to the manager as well.
"I think I can hold the ball very well – and it’s an advantage to the team if I have a lot of the ball, so I like that position a lot.
"I’m also very happy with the way the season went. The club is doing very well and we have a very strong team with good players.
"Next year, everybody wants to do even better. I’m not sure what will be our target next season, because in a way it’s the club and manager who decide.
"I don’t know if it is realistic to try for fourth or fifth or sixth, but I think we should look to do even better than this season and last. Maybe we will have more energy because we don’t play in Europe this season and we can concentrate on the league."
jumpkutz wrote:When will the real wheeling and dealing heat up for these two? After the Euros?
JackCaz wrote:I feel like a kid at Christmas. We're going to have handful of new faces to see soon. I guess i've already come to complete grips with the reality that Demps and Dembele are gone.
Bring on the new blood!
#usmnt @clint_dempsey denied permission by #Fulham to participate in #messi fundraiser gm Sat. Transfer move around the corner.
Knowledge acquired for tonites World Soccer Masters #Messi match @ 7ET on @FOXSoccer . Alkmaar told #USMNT Altidore he can't play. Transfer?
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