American soccer star Clint Dempsey is reportedly set to make a return to the United States this summer as his current club, Tottenham Hotspur, is finalizing a deal with Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders, according to ESPNFC's Doug McIntyre.
UPDATE: Saturday, August 3, at 12:20 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland
From Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated:
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UPDATE: Friday, August 2, at 8:50 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
From Pro Soccer Talk's Richard Farley:
Multiple sources within Major League Soccer have informed NBC Sports’ ProSoccerTalk that Tottenham Hotspur will receive a $9 million transfer fee for the U.S. captain’s services – roughly 95 percent of the £6 million Spurs reportedly paid for Dempsey last summer. To complete the unexpected move, Seattle have guaranteed the 30-year-old attacker $32 million over the next four seasons, making him one of the most expensive players in league history.
The $9 million transfer fee will also be the highest paid in league history and the second major purchase made by the Sounders this summer.
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UPDATE: Friday, August 2, at 8:22 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
From Ives Galarcep:
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NBC's Pro Soccer Talk also reported that the U.S. international is bound for Seattle and would be formally introduced on Saturday.
The 30-year-old attacking midfielder has spent the past six-plus years starring in the English Premier League. He appeared in 29 league matches for Spurs a season ago, scoring seven goals and recording four assists after coming over to White Hart Lane from Fulham, where he spent several seasons with the Cottagers.
Dempsey scored 57 goals in the Premier League with Fulham and Tottenham, netting a career-high 17 league goals in 2011-12 at Craven Cottage.
A native of Nacogdoches, Texas, Dempsey spent several years with the Dallas Texans youth soccer club before taking his talents to Furman University in South Carolina. After impressing with the Paladins, Dempsey was drafted eighth overall by the New England Revolution in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft and played three seasons with the Revolution before heading overseas.
Dempsey made his first appearance for the U.S. men's national team in 2004 and has since played in nearly 100 matches for the Stars and Stripes, scoring 35 goals on the international stage.
Founded in 2007, Seattle Sounders FC made their MLS debut in 2009 and have made the postseason in each of the past four seasons.
That streak could end in 2013, though, as the Sounders are currently in seventh place in the Western Conference, boasting just eight wins in 19 matches.
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