Italian club Napoli, who have qualified for this seasons Europa League, are interested in signing Fulham and United States attacking midfielder Clint Dempsey during the summer transfer window, as their search for attacking options continues, according to Italian newspaper Il Mattino.
Dempsey hit the headlines against Napoli’s rivals Juventus in March of this year when he sensationally chipped Antonio Chimenti to end Juve’s Europa League campaign, as they crashed out to a humiliating 4-1 defeat at Craven Cottage.
Fellow United States international and Villarreal striker Jozy Altidore is also on Naploi’s radar, with the American’s loan deal at Hull City ending in June and his future at the Spanish club in doubt.
Both Altidore and Dempsey featured for the United States in this summer’s World Cup tournament in South Africa, with Dempsey scoring an equaliser against England in the opening game before crashing out in the knockout stages to Ghana after extra-time.
Dempsey signed an extension to his Fulham contract last summer, and is contracted to the club until 2013, so the Cottagers are in a strong position to fight off any advances made by the Italian club.
However, uncertainty regarding the possible resignation of Fulham manager Roy Hodgson to allow for a move to Liverpool could see Dempsey push for a move away from Craven Cottage.