American Exports: Dempsey seals last-minute Spurs deal

AMSTERDAM – The summer-long transfer soap opera of Fulham ace Clint Dempsey has finally concluded, with the US attacker inking a three-year deal to join Tottenham Hotspur hours before the transfer deadline.

Various reports say Spurs shelled out £6 million (around $9.5 million) for the Texas native, who rejected a move to Aston Villa earlier on Friday.

Liverpool – who the UK media insisted all along was the Texas native's lone desire – also reportedly made a deadline day offer to no avail. Previous admirers Arsenal and Sunderland were also making calls for Dempsey leading up to the market's closing day.

The offensive handyman leaves Fulham as their top all-time Premier League scorer and with consecutive Player of the Season awards. Counting all competitions, the man they call "Deuce" hit for 60 goals in 225 games after arriving from the New England Revoluton in January of 2007. 

Fresh off a career-best campaign of 23 goals, Dempsey joins up with countryman Brad Friedel at White Hart Lane. The fresh recruit will be in the stands when Spurs aim for their first EPL win of the young season against visiting Norwich City on Saturday.