Clint Dempsey moving from Fulham to Tottenham

Associated Press Modified: August 31, 2012 at 10:33 pm •  Published: August 31, 2012
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LONDON (AP) — U.S. soccer star Clint Dempsey is moving from Fulham to Tottenham, and national team captain Carlos Bocanegra was loaned from Glasgow Rangers to Racing Santander through the end of the season.

Dempsey was transferred Friday for a reported $9.5 million. The 29-year-old midfielder and forward a team-high 23 goals last season, including 17 in the Premier League, and had 60 goals in 5 1/2 seasons with Fulham.

Dempsey had refused to play for Fulham this season ahead of a widely expected move to Liverpool. After negotiations between Fulham and Liverpool foundered, he was able to secure a move across town to Spurs.

"Clint was a very influential player for Fulham over a number of seasons and the club thanks him for his contribution and wishes him well for the future," Fulham said.

Dempsey said he was excited to play for new Spurs manager Andre Vilas-Boas.

"To play under this head coach and play for this club is a dream come true. I want to make the most of it," Dempsey said on Tottenham's Twitter feed. "There are a lot of great players here, I'm looking forward to training and playing with them."

Dempsey said he had no ill will toward the Cottagers.

"A lot was said and written ahead of me leaving Fulham," Dempsey said. "It wasn't how it was portrayed, but that's in the past now and we move on. I want to thank the fans for everything, some of the best memories I've had in football, and thank the chairman for giving me the opportunity to come from the MLS and compete over here."

Tottenham also signed French national team goalkeeper Hugo Lloris from Lyon for $12.6 million, which means American Brad Friedel is likely to lose his starting job.

Bocanegra, a defender, left Rangers along with American midfielder Maurice Edu, who transferred to Stoke, where he will join countryman Geoff Cameron. American Alejando Bedoya also has left Rangers for Helsingborg since the club filed for bankruptcy and was demoted to Scotland's fourth tier.



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