Dempsey completes Spurs exit by joining Sounders

Clint Dempsey has completed a transfer to Seattle Sounders in his native United States, leaving Spurs after just a single season at White Hart Lane, reports BBC Sport.

The former Fulham striker arrived in north London for a fee of around £6m last summer, and is understood to have joined Seattle for a similar fee, with the two clubs having agreed a transfer fee on Saturday.

With Spurs looking likely to sign Valencia striker Roberto Soldado, it is understood that Dempsey saw his first team chances at the club next season starting to dwindle, and as a result was keen to get the deal done in time for the new campaign.

Dempsey had a busy campaign for Spurs, making 43 appearances and netting 12 goals after opting for north London ahead of other interested clubs Liverpool and Aston Villa. The move also sees him joining the same squad as fellow Fulham alumni Eddie Johnson and Marcus Hahnemann.

Dempsey found it difficult to hide his excitement at the move, saying: “I am very excited about coming back to the MLS and thrilled to be joining Sounders.

“Having recently played in Seattle with the national team, I experienced the incredible atmosphere and the passion from the supporters first-hand. It’s going to be an honour to represent the fans in Seattle.”

Sounders owner Joe Roth was also keen to express his happiness that the deal was done. He said: “This is a historic day for Sounders FC and our fans.

“Clint is a world-class soccer player who can take this club to a higher level. We have been consistent in our message to the fans that we will spare no expense to win trophies.”

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