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Clint Dempsey, Liverpool Close To Deal: REPORT

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Fulham's Clint Dempsey celebrates his second goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers during their English Premier League soccer match at Craven Cottage, London, Sunday, March 4, 2012.
Fulham's Clint Dempsey celebrates his second goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers during their English Premier League soccer match at Craven Cottage, London, Sunday, March 4, 2012.

By Seth Vertelney, Goal.com

According to reports out of England, U.S. national team star Clint Dempsey could be making his home on Merseyside during the 2012-13 season and beyond.

Dempsey has long maintained he wishes to play for a Champions League club, and has reportedly made it clear he will not sign a new contract with current side Fulham. With his deal set to expire after the upcoming season, several big sides across Europe have been on high alert.

The Daily Mirror says that new Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers wants to snap Dempsey up this week, and hopes to lure him to Anfield with a 7.5 million pound bid, despite the fact the Reds will only be playing in the Europa League next season.

Rodgers reportedly wants to have Dempsey on board when Liverpool begins its three-match North American tour, which kicks off on July 21 in Toronto versus Toronto FC. The Reds will also face Roma at Fenway Park in Boston, and Tottenham in Baltimore.

According to the Daily Mail, Rodgers said an 'exciting' deal could be completed in the next few days, though he did not mention one player specifically.

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