West Bromwich Albion are leading the chase to sign Clint Dempsey, after Tottenham Hotspur reportedly became willing to listen to offers for the forward this week.

Despite signing him from Fulham in a deal worth £6 million last summer, Andre Villas Boas is willing to cash in on the American, as he looks to add to his bankroll to replace a depleted forward line.

Gylfi Sigurdsson and Lewis Holtby can occupy the same role as Dempsey, and at 30 years old, the London side believe it is the right time to cash in him

Christian Benteke, Leandro Damiao, and Bernard have all been linked with a move to the Lane, and after missing out on David Villa last week, Spurs are keen to make sure they have all the resources available as they chase a new forward.

West Brom themselves have a void to fill, despite the signing of Nicolas Anelka, they will require more firepower if they are to plug the gap that Romelu Lukaku left behind, weighing in with 19 goals for the Baggies last season.

Dempsey himself managed seven league goals for Tottenham - only Gareth Bale and Jermain Defoe managing more - and West Brom boss Steve Clarke believes he is the perfect man to fire them into the top half next season.

However, the clubs might have trouble agreeing on a price for the former-Fulham man, as Spurs are expecting to recoup more than the £6 million they paid for him, though the Midlands side are reluctant to shell out more than £5 milion for the American.

Another stumbling block may well be wages for Dempsey, but with a record of 72 goals in 268 matches in England, the Baggies board may well be willing to go the extra mile to get their man in ahead of the new campaign

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