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Liverpool admit interest in Fulham’s Dempsey and Swansea’s Allen

Dempsey has been one of the Premier League’s most consistent performers in his time at Fulham.

BEIRUT: Liverpool have admitted their interest in Fulham’s American striker Clint Dempsey and Swansea’s Welsh midfielder Joe Allen.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers confirmed the club have made inquiries about the availability of Dempsey, who enjoyed a career best total of 23 goals last season. The player is entering the final year of his contract, and has revealed a desire to move clubs this summer.

Fulham were forced to issue a statement denying Dempsey was available after a website reported that the player had already agreed a switch to Liverpool, stressing that the claim was without substance.

“We have received no offers from any club for Clint Dempsey,” the statement read. “We would discourage any club from making a bid for him.”

Rodgers, however, has confirmed that the Anfield side inquired about the player, describing the USA international as “very talented.”

“Clint is a player we’ve inquired about, it is as simple as that,” he said. “Ian Ayre, our managing director, has spoken with the club to see what the position is. That is where we’re at. He’s a very talented player but we don’t like to talk about other clubs’ players.”

Of Allen, Rodgers admitted his interest but claimed that no negotiations had taken place.

Sky Sports have reported that the former Liberty Stadium boss could be set to raid his former club for the Welsh international, with Rodgers a keen admirer of the 22-year-old’s creative abilities.

“I have a great relationship with Swansea but if there is a market for any of the players, I would like to be in that market,” Rodgers said.

“They respect that. He is a very talented player, which everyone knows but there is nothing more at the moment. When players come to a club such as Liverpool, it’s never straightforward.”

Rodgers also commented on the future of Liverpool’s England international striker Andy Carroll, who has frequently been linked with moves away from the club.

Carroll has already been the subject of a failed loan bid from his former club Newcastle.

“There has been a lot written and spoken about him but first and foremost Andy is a Liverpool player,” The Guardian newspaper reported Rodgers as saying.

“To consider a loan period for someone the club spent 35 million pounds ($45.9 million) on isn’t something we’re looking to do at this moment in time. Andy will be the same as every other player – if there’s ever an offer that comes in we’d look at it as a club and see if it’s going to be worthwhile for the club and the team as a whole.”

Rodgers denied reports that the player was unable to fit into his style of play.

“The club invested 35 million pounds in him. People talk about whether he can fit into my style or not, but if you’re a club and you spend 35 million pounds on a player you’d like to think he can fit into whatever style the team plays.”

Borussia Dortmund’s Polish striker Robert Lewandowski has admitted that he would like to play in the Premier League at some point in his career, fueling speculation that the player will be the subject of a bid from either Manchester United or Arsenal.

“This [the Premier League] is a league that I would like to play in, and I hope it happens sometime,” he told Polish television station TVP. “Although I am happy at Dortmund I always like to aspire to greater heights.”

Lewandowski is highly rated by United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, after the Poland international scored 30 goals in all competitions last season. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been tipped to make a move should the Gunners’ star striker Robin van Persie be sold this summer.

Emmanuel Adebayor’s 6-million-pound move to Tottenham from Manchester City is in doubt after the Togolese striker refused to back down with his wage demands.

The former Arsenal player spent a successful loan spell at White hart Lane last season, and revealed that he would like to make the move permanent.

The Daily Mail reported Spurs have offered a deal worth 115,000 pounds a week to make the forward the best paid player in the club’s history, with new boss Andre Villas-Boas keen to snap up the player. The London club are currently short on attacking options, with Jermain Defoe the only out and out goal scorer in the squad.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 20, 2012, on page 14.

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