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West Ham United are the latest club to join the bandwagon in chase of Fulham forward Clint Dempsey, according to the Metro. The Premier League new boys join the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool in their quest for the American star who scored an incredible 23 goals last season for the Cottagers.
Sam Allardyce has already prepared well to contend with the big boys having made a host of new signings, including James Collins, Alou Diarra, Mohamed Diame, Modibo Maiga and Jussi Jaaskelainen. And the Hammers manager is still looking to add more players, focusing on Dempsey after Liverpool striker Andy Carroll turned down their overtures.
Fulham boss Martin Jol has also confirmed that the 29 year-old is keen on leaving Craven Cottage this summer. Jol said on the subject, "Clint was not involved over the last four weeks so he is not going to be in the squad. He is not committed to the club. He wants to leave. I would like to keep him, but I think it's impossible. It's a sad and an almost embarrassing situation."
Liverpool could still be the front runners to land the American international with the player also inclined to a move to Anfield. However, the Reds, or for that matter Arsenal, have not made a formal bid as yet.
It remains to be seen though if West Ham do make a relevant bid whether Dempsey would want to move to a club that will no doubt be fighting to avoid relegation, and is not really a step up from where he is currently employed.
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