There’s a report in Goal.com today, that Newcastle United are after Fulham striker Clint Dempsey.
Clint Dempsey – are Newcastle interested?
We’re not too sure what to make of the story, which says Aston Villa are also after the player, and that both clubs have money to spend.
But what we’ve realized this summer is that when Newcastle have money to spend, and even say they will spend it, that doesn’t mean they will.
But with Joey Barton likely to sign on for QPR today, Newcastle will seemingly need three new players coming in with just six days of the transfer market remaining.
They still need a left-back, a striker and presumably a replacement for Joey Barton if he leaves, otherwise the side will not only lack quality but will also be too small again.
It’s still possible to get three players through the door by next Wednesday, but it does put pressure on Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias to deliver.
And there will be some backlash from the fans if Joey does leave today, which seems highly likely, unless Newcastle offer him a new contract, which seems a non-starter.
A good question to ask is why have our best four players all left in a short eight months?
Clint Dempsey is a very good player who’s played 180 times for Fulham with 39 goals, since joining them five years ago from the New England Revolution, and he’s also played 77 times for the USA national side with 22 goals.
Here’s what a Fulham insider has told GOAL:
“There has been lots of interest in Dempsey during the window, but Fulham will fight to keep him.”
“He scores goals, he creates goals, he has a good injury record and he is a bit of a human dynamo.”
“He had only a two or three week rest after the Gold Cup and was back playing for Fulham.”
The player is also 28 years old and is at his best so that goes against the younger players Ashley wants to bring to the club, who will be cheaper and can also develop their game on Tyneside.
But we just cannot see Mike Ashley bidding £10M for him, which is what the report suggests.
Clint is an excellent professional, as most American players seem to be, but we doubt if there’s much truth in the report.
What do you think?
Comments always welcome.