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Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Liverpool: Dempsey Deal Close

The long suspected interest in Fulham's Clint Dempsey is said to have firmed up with a £10m deal close to completion.

The versatile forward has been one of the Cottagers' best players over the past couple of seasons and ended the last campaign as their top scorer with 23 goals in 46 appearances overall.

Equally adept at operating as an attacking midfielder or a striker, Dempsey has been voted the fans Player of the Season for both of his past two campaigns at Craven Cottage.

Last season was a landmark year for the 29-year-old as he became both the first American player to score a hat-trick in the Premier League and the first to reach 50 career goals in England's top flight.

The future of the former New England Revolution star, who currently has an impressive 87 caps and 27 goals for the US national side, has been the source of debate for some time with his contract expiring at the end of the upcoming 2012-13 season.

Dempsey's signing, if completed, will be new Reds boss Brendan Rodgers' second addition following last week's signing of Italian forward Fabio Borini.

The player's move to Anfield is set to be completed over the next couple of days according to the likes of the Mirror, Daily Mail and TalkSPORT.

Apparently surplus to requirements and ready to make way for the new captures is record signing Andy Carroll.

Despite ending last season in good form for club and country the change of manager has heralded a new tactical approach on Merseyside which seemingly has no need for a physical target man such as Carroll.

The £35m striker does not want to leave but is understandably upset at not being given a chance to prove his worth to Rodgers.

If he does depart it is likely the preferred destination is a return to former club Newcastle United.

The main sticking point, according to all the major news sources at least, appears to be Newcastle's preference for a loan deal over Liverpool's desire for a £20m permanent transfer.

Magpies manager Alan Pardew yesterday commented to Newcastle's Evening Chronicle: "That whole process is a little bit more involved with the chairman and the board at Liverpool. We have got a great team here, a great squad, and if Andy Carroll comes it will only add to us.

"It's been said that he's available and if we are involved, then we will be involved because of the figures, not anything else, because we know he's good enough."

Vital Verdict
Although Dempsey is a very good player I find it hard to believe we are prepared to pay £10m considering his age and contractual situation - £7m would perhaps be more acceptable. Unfortunately this and any other items of Liverpool news are currently vastly overshadowed by the Andy Carroll saga. We at VL are somewhat divided on the whole issue but one thing we all feel is a sense of sadness towards the big man. He seemed to be turning things around and had become very popular amongst the majority of fans and therefore to be so unceremoniously dumped by Rodgers is slightly unfair. That said, if he does not figure in the manager's plans then there is no point keeping him. The odd appearance from the bench and in League Cup games will benefit nobody and his value will deteriorate further. £20m would be the best we could hope for and the club is right to be cautious about sanctioning a loan deal after all the issues we have experiences with Alberto Aquilani.

At the time of writing, our poll relating to Andy Carroll's future shows 69% of voters would likes to keep the player with only 31% prepared to sanction either a loan or permanent move away from Anfield.

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