Fulham boss Jol plays down Dempsey speculation

Fulham manager Martin Jol has called talk of a bid to bring former favourite Clint Dempsey back to the club on loan, ‘unbelievable speculation’, Sky Sports has reported.

Reports have surfaced in recent days that Jol might be contemplating whether to make an attempt to resign Dempsey – who now plays for the Seattle Sounders in the United States – in January, with a loan deal possible as the MLS season, which begins in March, will not be ongoing.

Dempsey spent five years at Craven Cottage between 2007 and 2012, and was a standout performer as Fulham consolidated their Premier League status after narrowly escaping relegation in his first season. The 30-year-old was also instrumental in helping them reach the 2010 Europa League final under Roy Hodgson.

He left for Tottenham last summer, but struggled to find consistency, and he was allowed to return to the USA in August. And with Dempsey linked with a return to Fulham, Jol has played down the speculation. He said: “It’s unbelievable speculation, which is nice. I never talk about players, especially when they are not here.”

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