Rodgers setback: Liverpool to miss Dempsey

Roma are preparing their own bid for the American star

Liverpool could lose out to Roma in their bid to sign American star Clint Dempsey from Fulham, according to the Daily Mirror.

Dempsey has been left out of Fulham’s Swiss training camp while he waits for his future to be sorted out.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is desperate to sign Dempsey and has made an enquiry about the American.

Fulham are demanding £10 million for Dempsey, who has a year remaining on his Craven Cottage contract, but Liverpool have so far refused to match it.

Roma have been alerted to the stand-off and are now preparing their own bid – ironically with the £12m fee they received from the Reds for striker Fabio Borini, the report added.

Meanwhile, Liverpool’s owners will give Rodgers their full backing in the transfer market by this week by sanctioning a £15m bid for Swansea’s Joe Allen.

Rodgers made Allen his No.1 target when he arrived from Swansea to succeed Kenny Dalglish at the end of May.

The new Kop boss has been given a further boost with an assurance that he will have the final say on the future of Daniel Agger, with the Danish defender being targeted by both Manchester City and Barcelona.