Clint Dempsey Joining Seattle Sounders
The US National Team captain is headed back home.
Multiple sources, including Yahoo Sports, ESPN and Sports Illustrated, are reporting that Clint Dempsey will join the Seattle Sounders from Tottenham Hotspur, in a deal which could be announced as early as Saturday.
The reports come mere hours after Sounders coach Sigi Schmid had distanced himself from rumours that Dempsey's arrival in the Pacific North-West was imminent.
The 30 year-old played 29 league games for the North Londoners last season. However, even with Gareth Bale's uncertain future, he apparently believes he will find himself on the outside looking in on the squad, particularly after Tottenham tied up a £26 million deal for Roberto Soldado.
Dempsey began his career in the MLS with the New England Revolution, before joining Fulham in 2006 for a reported £2 million. He went on the become the leading US scorer in Premier League history.
The signing would be something of a coup for the Sounders. Dempsey was a much sought after player last summer before signing for Tottenham for around £6 million. David Beckham's old team the LA Galaxy were reportedly a competitor for the foward's signature in recent weeks, but Seattle appear to have pipped them.
He will join former Premier League players Marcus Hahnemann and Djimi Traoré on the Sounders roster.
From his home in London, Glyn Bowen writes about sports for TJRSports.com
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