Completely out of nowhere and seemingly in a matter of minutes, Clint Dempsey has become a member of Tottenham Hotspur. After being linked to Liverpool, Sunderland, Liverpool, Arsenal, Aston Villa, Liverpool, the Big Green and Liverpool all summer, Dempsey has somehow ended up at Spurs.
We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Fulham for the transfer of Clint Dempsey.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 31, 2012
Dempsey and Fulham spent much of the summer fighting over whether or not the United States international would get the move that he so desperately wanted. Teams failed to meet Fulham's valuation for the 29-year-old and the beginning of transfer deadline day, the player was still without a club.
Villa agreed with Fulham for a deal this morning, but Dempsey said he wouldn't go there. His eyes were on a Liverpool move, but the Reds only bid £4 million, which wasn't nearly enough for Fulham. It started to look like Dempsey would have to stay at Fulham, which would not have made him happy.
Then seemingly out of nowhere, while Sky were reporting right outside of Spurs Lodge that Hugo Lloris has been signed, a car pulled into Spurs Lodge and lo and behold, it was Dempsey. Out of nowhere, he was meeting with Spurs to undergo a medical and sort out personal terms after the clubs had agreed to deal. With the deadline creeping ever closer, Dempsey and Spurs agreed and it was done -- Dempsey was a Spur.
In Dempsey, Spurs get another player without a hard and fast position, giving them the American, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Moussa Dembele all in that boat. But like the other two, he is versatile and can play on the wing, in the hole or as a midfielder so Andre Villas-Boas will be spoiled for options.
Dempsey is coming off the best season of his career, when he scored 23 goals for Fulham and made a name for himself as not just the best American field player, but one of the better players in the Premier League. If nothing else, Spurs are certainly getting a player who has a nose for goal and is in the form of his life.
This should wrap up Spurs' spending for the summer. Lloris and Dempsey are the two deadline day signings and Dembele came in earlier this week so Daniel Levy has done his work to rebuild his club and now the onus is on Villas-Boas to make good with it.