Updated: 31/08/2012 19:17 | By pa.press.net

Villa join chase for Dempsey

In-demand Fulham striker Clint Dempsey now appears to be a target of Aston Villa

In-demand Fulham striker Clint Dempsey now appears to be a target of Aston Villa

Aston Villa have joined the race to sign Fulham striker Clint Dempsey but the player would still prefer a move to Liverpool, Press Association Sport understands.

Sources close to Villa have confirmed the midlands club had reached agreement with the Cottagers for Dempsey with a bid of around £7million being accepted. However, Dempsey still wants to make the switch to Merseyside with the Reds his number one choice.

Meanwhile, Villa have confirmed the signing of Chesterfield striker Jordan Bowery for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract. Bowery becomes the sixth new signing at Villa this summer following defenders Ron Vlaar, Joe Bennett and Matt Lowton, and midfield duo Brett Holman and Karim El Ahmadi.

His father Bert Bowery was also a striker who played for Nottingham Forest under Brian Clough before moving to the North American Soccer League in 1976.

Villa boss Paul Lambert said: "Jordan is a good player. The hunger will be there for him and he could surprise a few people.

"He's a good lad, he's strong and powerful. He's played over 100 games in the Football League and cup football, so he's battle-hardened.

"He's one for the future but if he steps up to the plate like I think he can then I would have no hesitation in throwing him in, none whatsoever."

However hopes of signing Belgium international striker Christian Benteke appear to be fading after an improved offer of around £6m was also turned down by Genk.

Genk are reported to want at least double that amount and Lambert admitted Villa would not match those sort of financial demands.

He said: "The situation hasn't changed from the last few days. It is where it is at the minute. Would Villa pay £15 million? No."

31/08/2012 13:46
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31/08/2012 13:04
at least DEMPSEY will get regular football at theVILLA and not be sitting on the  bench most of the season
31/08/2012 14:39

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31/08/2012 20:59

complete utter rubbish, villa have not gone in for dempsey, usual msn garbage,lambert has already stated its the first he has heard of it, villa have gone elsewhere and have also signed a striker if he passes medical, im right and you are completely u/s again

31/08/2012 15:29
Now we are competing with the likes of Villa (Dempsey), Sunderland (Johnson) ...etc for average players. We have been crying for a top striker, winger, midfielder and left back for years now. We had the likes of Torres, Alonso, Mascherano and now we got dead wood all over the pitch. Mid Table Midiocrity again this season.
31/08/2012 22:00
dempsey going to spurs you were so wrong again
 i hope liverpool do sign clint dempsey,it appears that he wants to come to anfield glad that he has chosen merseyside as his number one choice,you will be very welcome at anfield clint please come to anfield.ynwa and jft96.
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