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Demspey Drops Agents, Still Planning England Move in January

  • SI.com, Wednesday, November 22, 2006 1:50 PM
Clint Dempsey, the 2006 Honda U.S. Player of the Year, says he's preparing for a move to the English Premier League in January, possibly to Fulham or Charlton Athletic, according to reports, though nothing official has taken place. "Things are looking good," Dempsey says. "There's definitely interest from a few teams over there, but I'd think there would have to be an offer greater than the one from Charlton last summer [of $1.5 million] for MLS to take it." Dempsey is confident of a move despite the fact that he just dropped both of his agents, Richard Motzkin, who reps Freddy Adu and Landon Donovan, and Dan Segal, both of Wasserman Media Group. It's unclear why he did this. Atletico Madrid has also been linked with the New England Revolution midfielder. Wherever he goes, Dempsey says he's not content to go overseas just to sit on the bench. "I feel like I can go over and make a difference because I was able to make a difference during the World Cup. The only way I'll get better is to continue putting myself in that environment." Interestingly enough, Dempsey's agency, LA-based WMG, recently acquired SFX Europe, whose clients include Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard and Andriy Shevchenko. His contract with WMG doesn't run out until November 2007, which means he may have to pay a commission fee to an agency he no longer works with. Separately, the Houston Dynamo's Dwayne De Rosario may be pondering a move to Europe, too. "There's still a burning fire in me to go to Europe," De Rosario said, although Toronto FC, the MLS expansion club near his hometown, is also said to be pursuing him in a big way.

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