Tottenham Hotspur new signing Clint Dempsey claims his London switch from Craven Cottage to White Hart Lane on transfer deadline day was a dream come true. The American beat the clock to join Andre Villas-Boas' side in a £6m move. Aston Villa had an offer accepted by Fulham earlier in the day but the 29-year-old turned down the chance to join the west Midlands club.
"I'm very excited and looking forward to the challenge. To play under this coach and play for this club is a dream come true. I want to make the most of it and work as hard as I can to get onto the field and do well. There are a lot of great players here, I'm looking forward to training and playing with them and trying to fight for a spot in the team," Dempsey told the Spurs website.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy wrapped up a deal for the versatile forward after failing to capture any of the club's top targets - Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho, Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker Willian and Marseille striker Loic Remy. Spurs, however, did manage to land long-time target and France No.1 Hugo Lloris from Lyon.
Fulham sign Wolfburg Winger Dejagah
Meanwhile, Fulham have signed Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov and Wolsfburg winger Ashkan Dejagah to replace Dempsey, who scored 23 goals for the club last season.
Berbatov signed a two-year contract with the west London outfit, while Dejagah penned a three-year deal, with the option of an additional year. The Iran international is the second player to move to Fulham from the Bundesliga this season after Martin Jol snapped up wing-back Sascha Riether on a season-long loan from Cologne earlier in the summer.
"I'm very happy to be signing for Fulham and to come and play in the Premier League. I know Sascha well and he told me very good things about the club and, after I had spoken to the manager and heard about the project here, I was convinced. So I am happy to be here and will give my best for the club and our fans," the 24-year-old Dejagah said.