Martin Jol has confirmed that midfielder Clint Dempsey wants to leave Fulham this summer after being left out of the squad to face Norwich City on Saturday.
The United States international has played no part in the Cottagers’ training camp in Switzerland earlier this month amid interest from Liverpool.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has been vocal in his desire to bring him to Anfield but is yet to make a formal approach although he did reveal to the club’s official website in July that he had made an inquiry.
It was then claimed by Massachusetts-based news channel New England Sports Network (NESN) that the 29-year-old was official a Liverpool player.
That infuriated Jol but he has now admitted that Dempsey, who scored 23 goals last term, wants to leave Craven Cottage and will play no part against the Canaries.
“Clint was not involved over the last four weeks so he is not going to be in the squad.
“He is not committed to the club. He wants to leave.
“I would like to keep him, but I think it’s impossible. It’s a sad and an almost embarrassing situation.”
Dempsey has been training separately from his teammates for much of pre-season and has made it clear that he wants a move to a bigger club that can fulfil is ambitions to play in the Champions League.
With just two weeks left before the transfer window closes Jol expects Merseyside counterpart Rodgers to come in with a bid but warned him the attacker won’t be sold on the cheap.
“Maybe Liverpool will come back,” he said.
“I can assure you that our chairman is strong enough. At first we didn’t want to get rid of him, later on we had to change our position.
“But our view is that we won’t let Clint Dempsey go on the cheap, that’s for sure.”
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher calls on the Reds to sign Bundesliga superstars Jadon Sancho and Timo Werner
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has urged the Reds to sign Bundesliga superstars Jadon Sancho and Timo Werner in the upcoming...
Massimiliano Allegri confirms he will be back in management in September with Manchester United heavily linked with the Italian
Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed he will be back in management in September at an event in Paris, which will put...
Arsenal ace Alexandre Lacazette refutes rumours that he will leave the club in the summer
Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has given a huge hint on his future by stating that the rumours that he will...
Bayern Munich monitoring Liverpool star Roberto Firmino for a potential move in the summer
Bayern Munich have reportedly made contact with Liverpool star Roberto Firmino for a potential move in the summer. The Brazil...
Gary Neville heaps praise on Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and claims he is a Premier League great
Former Manchester United defender turned pundit Gary Neville has given praise to Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and has suggested that...
Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso wanted by Italian giants Juventus and Inter Milan
Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso is reportedly wanted by Italian giants Juventus and Inter Milan but are not happy with the...
Chelsea signing Hakim Ziyech reveals boss Frank Lampard was a key reason for his move to Stamford Bridge
Chelsea signing Hakim Ziyech has revealed that boss Frank Lampard was a key reason for his move to Stamford Bridge....
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirms that Marcus Rashford is out for a couple of months and could miss the Euros
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that striker Marcus Rashford is out for a couple of months and...
Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi’s future uncertain after bust-up with manager Mikel Arteta
Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is fighting to stay at the club after being involved in a bust-up with manager Mikel...
Arsenal and Manchester United set to battle it out for £50m-rated defender Dayot Upamecano
Arsenal and Manchester United are set to battle it out in the upcoming summer transfer window for £50m-rated RB Leipzig...