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Friday, August 17, 2012
Transfer news: Clint Dempsey is on his way out of Craven Cottage
Fulham manager Martin Jol has confirmed that Clint Dempsey will miss tomorrow’s game with Norwich and wants to leave.
Reports had suggested that the American was unwilling to remain with the Whites and his manager, who has remained silent on the issue, has now confirmed it.
“Clint was not involved over the last four weeks so he is not going to be in the squad,” Jol said.
“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’s manager Brendan Rodgers told his own club’s website last month that he had made an inquiry about the player.
Then the website for Massachusetts-based news channel New England Sports Network (NESN), owned by Anfield proprietors Fenway Sports Group, also published a story claiming Dempsey was a Liverpool player.
Liverpool have infuriated Jol with these actions.
“That was very disappointing,” the Fulham boss said.
“There was never an offer. Clint himself told everyone he was going to Liverpool before he came back so we really thought there was quite a firm interest in him.
“Even (Rodgers) told everyone he was interested in Clint Dempsey, but our people never had an offer on the table, so it’s almost embarrassing.
“If you have shown interest in a player, especially in England, you have to follow it up with an offer. They didn’t.”
Dempsey, 29, has made it clear he wants to move to a bigger club, and has been training separately from his team-mates this summer, but Jol insists the American will not be sold cheaply.
“Maybe Liverpool will come back,” Jol said.
“I can assure you that our chairman is strong enough. At first we didn’t want to get rid of him, later on we had to change our position.
“But our view is that we won’t let Clint Dempsey go on the cheap, that’s for sure.”