Fulham are confident of beating a host of Premier League rivals to the loan signing of Clint Dempsey.

And Dempsey’s temporary return could allow out-of-favour forward Bryan Ruiz to move to Anderlecht.

West Ham and Stoke are among the clubs chasing forward Dempsey, but Fulham have been given encouragement he will return to Craven Cottage.
Dempsey moved to Seattle Sounders for £6million from Tottenham in the summer, having previously spent five years and scored 60 goals at Fulham. The 30-year-old is available for around two months during the MLS off-season.

It is understood Anderlecht would initially like to take Ruiz on loan, with a view to signing the Costa Rica captain on a permanent basis in the summer.