Liverpool asks about Clint Dempsey
BOSTON -- Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says his club has spoken to Fulham about signing U.S. forward Clint Dempsey.
Rodgers says "Clint is a player we've inquired about" as "he's a very talented player," adding that managing director Ian Ayre has been in contact with Fulham "to see what the position is. That is where we're at."
Fulham, however, denied receiving a bid from Liverpool for Dempsey, and have insisted Dempsey is not for sale, according to a report in British newspaper The Guardian.
Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group posted on its website Wednesday that Liverpool had added Dempsey, but later removed the story, The Guardian reported.
Dempsey, 29, is beginning the final year of his contract at Fulham, which is unwilling to let its top scorer leave for an undervalued transfer fee.
"We have received no offers from any club for Clint Dempsey," a Fulham spokesperson told the Guardian. "We would discourage any club from making a bid for him."
Dempsey scored 23 goals in all competitions last season.
Rodgers was speaking Wednesday while on the Premier League club's three-match tour of the United States and Canada.
Rodgers also ruled out a temporary move for England forward Andy Carroll, saying "to consider a loan period for someone the club spent 35 million pounds on isn't something we're looking to do at this moment in time."
Rodgers adds, however, that if a permanent offer for Carroll comes in then "we'd look at it."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
MORE SPORTS HEADLINES
- Ribery, Benzema charged with soliciting minor
- Ex-U.S. coach denies Solo's shoving allegation
- Messi, Ronaldo, Iniesta UEFA award finalists
- Kompany: Van Persie would boost any team