Thursday, September 06, 2012

Liverpool Attempted To Offload Trio In Pursuit Of Dempsey

Liverpool’s desperate attempts to lure former Fulham star Clint Dempsey to Anfield included offering Jose Enrique, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing to teams around the Premier League in order to meet Fulham’s valuation of the player. 

The Daily Mail report that Brendan Rodgers attempted to sanction the sale of the three players before last Friday’s transfer deadline in hope of raising the funds needed to complete a move for the 29-year-old. It is suggested that £20 million signing Downing and left back Enrique were offered around to various Premier League clubs through a group of agents, before Tottenham Hotspur eventually closed in on Dempsey and bought him to White Hart Lane.  

Liverpool had hoped that a swap deal involving former Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson would be enough to tempt Fulham into agreeing on a deal with the Merseyside club. The move was widely reported as the transfer window reached its conclusion, but turned out to be another effort that ended in vain for Rodgers’ side. 

Liverpool saw their summer transfer plans restricted by a meager wage structure and a limited transfer budget, which left Rodgers with little option to sell before he could buy. The club’s failed attempts to sign Dempsey, as well as their futile pursuit of Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge have left Liverpool with just two recognized strikers at the club in Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini.

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