Aston Villa attempt to hijack Liverpool’s Dempsey move
Aston Villa have reportedly had an offer accepted for Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey, according to reports in the Daily Mail this morning.
It was widely believed that Dempsey would join Liverpool, whose aggressive pursuit of the player resulted in an official complaint to the FA from the West London club, and whose persistence seems to have now stretched to including Jordan Henderson in the deal.
Dempsey, now 29, has made no secret of his desire to leave Craven Cottage, apparently telling manager Martin Jol that Liverpool is his desired destination.
Now, though, it seems that Aston Villa are making a move. It has been reported that Fulham have accepted a bid of around £7 million for the American – which seems a direct snub to Liverpool.
Fulham, and Villa, will now see if Liverpool make a counter offer closer to their desired asking price.
The deal has become increasingly acrimonious, though. Martin Jol publicly criticsed the midfielder and then labelled Liverpool's conduct as "embarrassing" as they aired their interest to try and force a deal through. Dempsey was then barracked by a section of the Craven Cottage crowd as they strolled to a 5-0 opening day victory over Norwich City.
It seems a deal can't come quick enough for both club and player.