Fulham Football Club has today announced the permanent signing of American midfielder Clint Dempsey, after the application for a work permit was granted by the Home Office. The Club has signed Dempsey on a long-term deal.
One of the most dynamic talents to come out of the US game, Dempsey is renowned for his creative attacking instincts and bravery in the air. The 23-year-old Texan scored seven goals in his first season with New England Revolution and was named ‘MLS Rookie of the Year’ for 2004. In his second season he scored 10 goals and recorded nine assists. He also played against Fulham in the MLS All-Star game, setting up the winning goal.
He was named the Honda Player of the Year for 2006, beating competition from Kasey Keller and Brian McBride in a poll of sportswriters. During the World Cup in 2006, Dempsey started two of the three US games and scored the team's only goal in the tournament.
This morning Clint Dempsey said:
'I’m real happy that everything has been sorted out regarding the work permit and I can’t wait to get started training with the guys. It’s been an ambition of mine to come to England and play in the Premiership, so I’m excited that I’ve been given the opportunity to do that, and look forward to helping Fulham with their future campaigns.’
Chris Coleman added:
‘It’s great news that we have already secured our second signing this early in the transfer window. I have been watching Clint for a while now and he is an aggressive, offensively minded player with a great deal of skill and aptitude. He also has a great attitude towards the game which is very important to me when I sign a player. It may take a little time for Clint to get used to the Premiership, but when he does, I have no doubt that he will have an exciting impact for Fulham.’