Gunners on alert over USA international

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Arsenal transfer target Clint Dempsey is prepared to turn down a new Fulham deal and realise his ambition of playing Champions League football.

The American frontman has been linked with Arsenal, Liverpool and Roma after a stunning season, and has hinted that he's ready to quit Craven Cottage to play European football next year.

Dempsey's current deal expires next year and the Cottagers have offered the 29-year-old an extension. But, the former New England Revolution star, who has 83 caps for his country, is ready to reject the offer and make the step up to the Champions League, according to The Sun.

"I've always said I'm grateful for everything Fulham has done for me," said Dempsey. "But the fact remains that I want to play in the Champions League. I want to play at the highest level possible."

Dempsey bagged 23 goals for the west London club last season, and was continually linked with a move away from Craven Cottage. His ambition to play Champions League football should put Arsenal on alert, but will disappoint Liverpool, who missed out on Europe's elite competition after an eighth-placed finish.

Dempsey joined Fulham in 2007 from the MLS, and has gone on to establish himself as one of Martin Jol's key players.

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