Fulham manager Martin Jol insists he wants to keep hold of star forward Clint Dempsey amid interest from Premier League rivals Liverpool
The USA international has expressed to desire to leave Craven Cottage during the current transfer window as he wants a decent crack at UEFA Champions League football before calling time on his career.
The Reds have made their interest in Dempsey known, but have yet to approach the Cottagers with an offer for the versatile 29-year-old, who has entered the final year of his contract at the west London outfit.
However, Jol is a big admirer of the American and is hoping he will stick around for a while longer following an impressive 2011/12 season in which he scored 23 goals in 46 appearances for the club.
When quizzed on the subject, he told the Fulham & Hammersmith Chronicle: “I don’t want to talk about that. I love Clint, he scored a lot of goals and I want to keep him.”
The Dutch tactician did admit he is in the market for another striker, despite the recent arrivals of Hugo Rodallega and Mladen Petric.
Jol lost three members of the strike-force last term, having allowed Bobby Zamora to leave for QPR in January, while Andy Johnson and Pavel Pogrebnyak both moved on during the off-season.
“We’re still looking to strengthen because we lost three strikers,” he said. “Bobby in January and Andy and Pogrebnyak.
“We’ve got Rodallega and Petric and maybe we’re still on the lookout for another one.”