The 29-year-old's future has been up in the air ever since he pulled out of the club's pre-season tour of Switzerland last month, as exclusively revealed by Goal.com, in an attempt to force through a move elsewhere, with Liverpool long-term admirers of the midfielder.
For the first time since speculation began, Jol has confessed that the club may have to sell one of their most-prized assets this transfer window, as the club confirmed via their official Twitter account that Dempsey is eyeing the exit door.
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"We want to keep him but it's impossible because he wants to go. Clint wants to go to a Champions League club.
"We have money to invest, but only in the right players."
It was also confirmed at the press conference that the American will be left out of the club's opening Premier League fixture against Norwich, as they seek to protect their investment before he departs.