Clint Dempsey didn't finish the MLS season strong and probably needs an offseason loan to a European club to regain his form and fitness in order to be prepared for the World Cup this coming summer. He's being linked to a loan back to England, and of course, Tottenham Hotspur will be one of the clubs he's linked to as this process goes on.
The Daily Mail has a story on Dempsey's potential two-month loan return to the Premier League in which Seattle Sounders general manager and minority owner Adrian Hanauer is quoted as saying the following:
'Clint's contract allows him to go on loan for the off-season. All parties are working on a deal and we won't be surprised if it happens.'
Hanauer didn't specify which club, so of course, rumors are swirling. The entire internet assumes that he's going to either Fulham or Tottenham. Except he's not going to Tottenham.
It's very hard to envision a world in which Tottenham Hotspur bring back Clint Dempsey. He was signed as a deadline day value signing, then turned out to be a very average player for Spurs. Despite his willingness to stay and fight -- in a World Cup year -- for a first team place that didn't look like it was going to come, he was sold at a break even price. The reason he was sold for a break even price is because the powers that be at Spurs didn't think he was good enough to be more than a backup.
Dempsey wasn't good in his first partial MLS season. He didn't look anything like the player who dominated at Fulham and he didn't do anything to make Spurs regret selling him. This isn't to say that he's not a good player, he's just not a player who looks like he can help Tottenham in any way, shape or form at the moment. He'd be third choice at all of the positions he plays.
Whether you're hopeful or concerned about this, stop. Dempsey's going somewhere else.