Clint Dempsey is free to return to English football - sparking a Premier League scramble for his signature.

As we reported last month, Dempsey has been granted the go-ahead to a make a loan return from Seattle Sounders in January.

The USA national team's skipper can move for two months during Major League Soccer's off-season - and will not be short of takers.

Tottenham sold the midfielder, 30, in the summer and the White Hart Lane club have first option on bringing him back to the Premier League.

But Fulham, who sold him to Spurs in 2012, Aston Villa and Everton are also in the hunt as they look for added firepower.

Seattle general manager Adrian Hanauer said: "Clint's contract allows him to go on loan for the off-season.

"All parties are working on a deal and we won't be surprised if it happens."