Arsenal and Liverpool target ‘not for sale’

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Fulham boss Martin Jol has denied he has received any bids for Clint Dempsey, and reiterated that the USA international is not for sale.


Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for Dempsey in the summer after he became the first American player to score 50 goals in the Premier League, while he also became the first player from the USA to bag a hat-trick with his three strikes against Newcastle earlier this season.


The Gunners may face competition from Liverpool however after the Reds’ American chairman Tom Werner admitted he was a fan of the 29-year-old’s abilities last month.


Liverpool are unlikely to spend big in the transfer market once more this summer after splashing more than £100 million in the past two transfer windows, meaning Dempsey, who will likely cost in the region of £10 million, could be an ideal fit.


Both Arsenal and Liverpool have previously sent scouts to run the rule over Dempsey, who has 23 goals to his name this season, but Jol remains adamant that neither his leading striker or in-demand team-mate Moussa Dembele will not leave the Cottagers after their final game of the season against Spurs on Sunday.


"We have had no bids and they are not for sale," the Dutchman told reporters when quizzed about Liverpool and Arsenal’s reported interest.


"Clint Dempsey is injured and will not play on Sunday. Dembele will play but he will not go.


"It is hypothetical as we have no bids for Clint or Dembele. They are some of our best players and we want them here."


Dempsey has a three-year deal on the table from Fulham with just one year remaining on his current contract.

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