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Spurs' £6 million summer signing admitted the move from Fulham left him on the verge of tears of joy, and is now focused on claiming a place in Andre Villas-Boas' starting XI

New Tottenham signing Clint Dempsey has revealed that he almost broke down in tears of joy after learning that he would be making the move from Fulham to White Hart Lane at the end of the summer transfer window.

Mounting speculation over Dempsey's future led to reported tensions with the Fulham management over the summer months, and the 29-year-old was left out of Martin Jol's squad for the opening game against Norwich City.

The United States international was thrilled to join Andre Villas-Boas' team, though, and has now set his sights on winning a place in the Portuguese coach's starting XI.

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"I almost wanted to break down in tears I was so happy," he told the Daily Mirror.

Dempsey made his full debut in the 0-0 draw against Lazio in the Europa League on Thursday night and was denied a goal after his header was incorrectly ruled out for offside.

The former New England Revolution star insisted that he had more to offer and hoped that European competition might afford him the opportunity to establish himself in the team.

"I was happy with my performance but I know there is more to come and I can play better still," he said. "The good thing about being in a lot of ­competitions is that there is a chance for squad rotation."

Dempsey was determined, however, to help Spurs regain a place in the Champions League. Tottenham finished fourth in the Premier League last season but missed out on the competition as Chelsea received the chance to defend their trophy.

"To be fair, ­Tottenham ­deserve to be in the Champions League," the American insisted. "They finished fourth, but missed out on a technicality ­because Chelsea won it. [But] we are still playing some of the best teams in Europe."

Dempsey also had kind words for former Fulham boss Mark Hughes, whose QPR side will face Spurs on Sunday afternoon.

"He did a good job of treating everybody equally," he explained. "He also showed in training that he could still score a goal!

"There were no favourites and that is what I liked about him as a ­manager."