Tottenham Hotspur attacking midfielder Clint Dempsey returned to the MLS with Seattle Sounders this weekend after spending only one campaign at White Hart Lane.
Spurs beat off strong competition from Liverpool, Sunderland and Aston Villa for the US international’s signature last summer, paying £6m to secure the deal. It’s believed Sounders matched that fee when agreeing a deal with Spurs officials yesterday.
The 30-year-old showed glimpses of his best form last season, but struggled to consistently replicate the fantastic performances he produced at Craven Cottage during five-and-a-half years with Fulham.
Some will question the move, as the versatile American surely has more to offer at the highest level. However, Dempsey decided the time was right to go back home at this stage, having entered the Premier League in January 2007 from MLS side New England Revolution.
Therefore, Seattle gleefully pick up a top-class player still enjoying his prime in the quest to lift the MLS Cup, while Spurs continue their rebuilding programme ahead of an upcoming challenge for a top-four spot.
Dempsey will arguably go down in history as the best footballer from the USA to have graced the English game.