By Paul Clennam
Tottenham midfielder Clint Dempsey is close to completing a move to MLS side Seattle Sounders.
The 30-year-old only joined Spurs last summer and despite making 29 Premier League appearances for the club, he struggled to make a lasting impression on boss Andre Villas-Boas and was often rotated with the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Moussa Dembele and, in the second half of the season, Lewis Holtby.
Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale, whose future remains up in the air after Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy began discussions with Real Madrid over a €115 million deal, remain the Spurs manager's preferred choices on the wing, limiting Dempsey's chances of a starting berth.
The arrivals of the likes of Nacer Chadli and Paulinho do little to help the former Fulham star's situation, with the duo set to be ahead of the American midfielder in the pecking order.
The United States national team captain scored 12 goals in total for Spurs last season, including crucial strikes in home and away meetings with Manchester United in the Premier League, but that has not convinced Villas-Boas of his value to Tottenham as they push for a Champions League place in the upcoming campaign.
Seattle, who are majority owned by film director and producer Joe Roth, are set to pay a figure of €7m to land the 30-year-old, a deal that would represent a significant coup for the club and MLS in general.
Dempsey was photographed at San Francisco airport on Friday and Goal understands he could be announced as a new Sounders signing as early as Saturday.