Friday, March 14, 2014
Extra Time: Clint Dempsey
I acquired the quotes for the Tottenham move portion of this cool MLSS feature on the life of Clint Dempsey. You know the drill when some of the story offered (this time by Deuce's agent) has missed the editing cut, so here we are. And it is also nice when old reporting is substantiated, so you know there's no way I was keeping all this a secret. Heh.
You can start with the quotes in the article and then fill out the rest of picture below.
Actually, there's a documentary show "We Are Liverpool" and in one episode they show [managing director] Ian Ayre on the phone on August 31, and it then says they couldn't make the deal work. That conversation on the show is actually with me, they were still trying to figure out if they could a deal done.
Tottenham really pushed forward on the last day. A week before we had a principle agreement that would have worked with Liverpool, but there was a player who would have had to go on loan to Fulham and he wanted to stay at Liverpool. And then, Arsenal had an interest in the final day.
We delivered that deal just before 11 pm, which was the transfer deadline. We had everything basically, we just needed Fulham to agree the fee. The whole thing was finalized in the final hour. I had Clint, I was about 20 minutes from the ground and as soon as it went through we went straight in to sign. We even did it without a medical, it was that last-minute.
It was a long process. There was dialogue through that window. Liverpool was around for three months. We always thought it would go to the end, but we didn't know which club it would be. But it worked out very well, he was really happy to be with Tottenham, to stay in London. It went down to the wire and then we went to the Norwich game the next day, and he was announced to the crowd.
- Greg Seltzer