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Dempsey nears transfer to Fulham

The Revolution’s Clint Dempsey is on the verge of going to Fulham FC in England. Fulham manager Chris Coleman said the West London club and the MLS have agreed to a £1.5 million ($2.9 million) transfer fee for Dempsey, pending the approval of a work permit.

Players from outside the European Union are required to have played in 75 percent of the recent matches of their national team. Dempsey participated in nine of 13 US matches this year, tying with Revolution teammate Taylor Twellman for the scoring lead with four goals. Dempsey missed a 1-0 win over Latvia May 28 with an injury and was left off a pre-World Cup visit to Germany after being suspended by the Revolution following a practice scuffle with captain Joe Franchino. Dempsey did not participate in the US' 3-0 loss to the Czech Republic in the World Cup but was among the team's top perfermers in the next two games.

A Professional Footballers’ Assocation tribunal will hear Fulham’s appeal for a Dempsey work permit.

Fulham tied Chelsea, 2-2, yesterday on a late goal by US national team defender Carlos Bocanegra and are tied for 10th in the Premiership standings with 26 points in 21 matches. The Cottagers, whose principal nvestor is Harrod’s owner Mohamed El Fayed, also have two other former MLS stars – midfielder Simon Elliott and forward Brian McBride.

"We've agreed a fee but it still has to go to the tribunal," Coleman said "He's had a few injury problems, so he's just a little bit short there. But it's not like he's coming here to sit on the bench. He's coming because we've bought him to make a big impact."

"Clint's a wide player up front, can play either flank, strong with pace, a good player, good touch. I saw him about two years ago and then saw him playing at the World Cup for the US. Then I went out to watch him playing a few times in the States for New England and have always liked him. He has all the attributes to be a good player in the Premier League, is the right age and was in our price range."

"We've been there (at tribunals) before and not won all of them, so we've got to keep our fingers crossed."

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