Liverpool FC of England is tabling five million pounds for Fulham attacking midfielder Dempsey. The player has rejected a new contract from the London club but will have to wait for his dream move while the England striker’s future is resolved
According to Goal.com the American has rejected a new contract offer from Fulham and has told the Londoners that he wants to leave for a Champions League-calibre club.
Liverpool has pursued Dempsey for 12 months and has now stepped up their interest in a player whom Brendan Rodgers has privately made clear that he wants to bring to Merseyside.
Fulham value the USA international at £9m but a combination of his age – 29 – and his contract situation – he has just entered the final year of his current deal – meaning that they will settle for a fee of around £5m.
Sources have said that Liverpool have not yet made a formal offer for the attacking midfielder and are, indeed, not expected to sign him until Carroll’s future is resolved. Newcastle have made an official bid to sign the England striker on a season-long loan, which was rejected on Sunday night by the Merseysiders.
Nevertheless, Rodgers has told Liverpool that he wants to offload the club’s record signing on a permanent deal and the club are willing to listen to any offers of around £15m.
West Ham United have made enquiries for Carroll but only have the funds to make a loan move in which the cost of his wages would be shared with Liverpool, while Fulham’s reported interest last week was believed to merely be a carefully-engineered mechanism to push through the Dempsey deal. Aston Villa is interested in Carroll but the player’s most realistic avenue for a permanent move is a romantic return to boyhood club Newcastle.
It is believed that the Tyneside club regard Carroll as a back-up option in case they lose Demba Ba, whose future remains up in the air because of the £7m exit clause in his deal that runs until the end of the month. Liverpool signed Italy forward Fabio Borini last Friday and could bid their time before making an offer for Dempsey. The attacking midfielder scored 17 Premier League goals last season and 23 in all competitions.