Fulham are close to completing a loan deal to bring American Clint Dempsey back to Craven Cottage on a two-month loan deal in January.
The 29-year-old midfielder, who spent five years with Fulham before moving to London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, joined the Seattle Sounders over the summer, and is looking for a club to represent over the MLS close season.
The Cottagers find themselves battling relegation, and manager Rene Meulensteen believes the return of Dempsey will be a 'good boost' for his ailing side.
He added: "Clint has spent so many years playing in the Premier League. We know where his strengths lie whether it is coming in from the left or playing as a deeper striker or a number nine depending on who you are playing against."
Although his move to Spurs upset some Fulham fans, many still have fond memories of the 50-goals he scored during his first spell at the club, and manager Meulensteen is confident the Craven Cottage faithful will give the USA international a warm welcome upon his return.
"I'm sure they will," he said. "It speaks volumes for him that in his loan opportunity he wants to come back here."
Despite their lowly Premier League position, Fulham have produced a couple of encouraging performances since Martin Jol was replaced in west London, including yesterday's 4-2 defeat at home to Manchester City.
And, Meulensteen will hope Dempsey can push the Cottagers to the next level, and convert decent performances into some crucial points.
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