Hodgson turns to England's £10 million World Cup nemesis as new Torres partner

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Roy Hodgson will make former club Fulham a £10 million offer for American international striker Clint Dempsey in January, according to reports.

Dempsey was part of the Fulham side that shocked everyone last season by getting to the Europa League final and worked well with Hodgson

Liverpool have been linked with plenty of Fulham players since the former Cottager was appointed as boss at Anfield but Dempsey would be one of the few welcomed on Merseyside.

Despite Liverpool having hired Damian Comolli to work alongside Hodgson in the transfer market, the 63-year-old still feels the best way to get the Reds out of their current predicament is to invest in proven Barclays Premier League players.

And, with the club struggling to support striker Fernando Torres – having scored just 17 times in 15 games – Dempsey would be hard for Hodgson to resist.

£10 million would also be difficult to turn down for Fulham, as it would allow them to bring in more than one player to improve their squad, which is just one place above the relegation zone.

Dempsey has six goals already this season, though, so Mark Hughes would fight to keep him at Craven Cottage for their fight against relegation.

The main stumbling block will be Dempsey’s age, 27, as new Liverpool owner John W Henry has outlined plans for a younger look to the Reds’ team.

Paying £10 million for a 27-year-old would be like a step back into Rafa Benitez’ days and NESV would prefer to concentrate on bringing young players to Anfield like Eden Hazard.

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