August 7, 2013
By Kristian Dyer
COULD HAVE BEEN IN NY
Red Bulls were offered Clint Dempsey; still shopping for another DP
BigAppleSoccer.com Contributing Editor
HANOVER, N.J. – The Red Bulls were among the teams that MLS originally enquired about on behalf of Clint Dempsey, so said a league source who tells BigAppleSoccer.com that the United States international could have been calling New York his home instead of Seattle.
|U.S. international star Clint Dempsey could have been wearing a Red Bulls uniform.
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Dempsey, who officially completed a move from Tottenham in the English Premier League to Seattle, was signed as a Designated Player by the Sounders and adds bona fide star power and a tremendous presence to their attack. But the Sounders weren’t the only MLS team after Dempsey and he was also offered to the Red Bulls.
The source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told BigAppleSoccer.com that Dempsey was open to a switch from Tottenham to New York.
“It was actually offered to New York,” the league source said. “They approached the Red Bulls about him.”
A possible move for Dempsey was considered and weighed by the Red Bulls but the club decided not to pursue him the source said. The source said that the team is still looking at options for a Designated Player and hasn’t ruled out a move during this transfer window. MLS paid a reported $9 million transfer fee for Dempsey, who signed a 4-year deal reported to be $24 million.
With designated players Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill already on the books, the Red Bulls do have an open slot and the resources to make a big move. Both Cahill and former Red Bulls midfielder Rafa Marquez were late-summer signings as was goalkeeper Frank Rost, who was signed as a DP to minimize his salary cap implications.
The Red Bulls have been relatively quiet on that front but are still looking to see what can be done. Club management has spoken with the ownership in Salzburg about possible additions.
“That one is wide open because that depends on the owner and you have to go to the owner. I had a discussion with him last month about that. It’s one of those ones if somebody appropriate is available – but the thing is right now, if we do that, we need to offload somebody,” sporting director Andy Roxburgh told BigAppleSoccer.com. “One, it is the owner paying the additional but it is also within the salary cap and then international slots as well. If you noticed, I’m learning all this stuff! So you’ve got the international slot, the money you need for them and then the owner’s money. It has to be somebody appropriate for us.”