Arsenal ramp up transfer interest

Arsenal are reportedly ready to make a move for highly-rated Fulham attacker Clint Dempsey, according to The Daily Mail.

The in-form United States international has been the Cottagers’ main goal threat of late, hitting the back of the net 22 times this campaign.

After Dempsey scored the equaliser in the Craven Cottage outfit’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Monday, it is believed that Arsene Wenger has identified the forward as a potential summer transfer target.

Dempsey’s current deal with Fulham expires in the summer of 2013, and Martin Jol has been open in admitting that the club have offered him a new deal, which as yet has not been accepted or declined.

With Fulham at risk of losing their prize asset for nothing in a year’s time, Dempsey is valued at £10 million and is believed to have been watched by the Gunners chief scout Steve Rowley.

Arsenal face Wolves at Molineux on Wednesday night, and are without the suspended Laurent Koscielny, whilst Bacary Sagna and Kieran Gibbs are both injury doubts.

Despite the opportunity to open up a five-point gap over north London rivals Tottenham, Arsene Wenger is only focussed on his own team’s form.

“Let’s not anticipate, that is something else that is important. When it gets to the last sprint, focusing on the next game becomes the most important part because you are always tempted to anticipate.

“We have the experience to know just to deal with the next game and that is the only important thing,” he clarified.

By Gareth McKnight