Fulham admit “impossible” to keep Dempsey as he edges towards Liverpool

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Clint Dempsey has stepped up a gear in forcing Fulham to sell him to Liverpool by handing in a transfer request.

The American international striker has been left out of Fulham’s squad to face Norwich in their opening Premier League fixture on Saturday.

Fulham boss Martin Jol admitted that the club would now listen to offers for Dempsey and sell for the right price.

He said, “If we get the right price for Clint we will sell him. If not, he will stay.

“I would like to keep him, but I think it’s impossible. It’s a sad and an almost embarrassing situation.”

Dempsey has been part of intense speculation regarding a potential move to Liverpool this summer, with the club’s owners accidentally releasing a statement suggesting he had been signed.

The 29-year-old striker scored 29 goals last season for the West London club and Reds boss Brendan Rodgers admitted earlier this summer he is a player Liverpool have been monitoring.

He said, “Clint is a player we’ve enquired about, it is as simple as that.”

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