Report: Reds to sell duo for Dempsey

Liverpool will attempt to sell Jay Spearing and Charlie Adam to raise funds to bid for Fulham's Clint Dempsey.

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Brendan Rodgers' reign at Liverpool did not get off to the best of starts, as he watched the team stutter to a 3-0 loss against West Brom in their opening Premier League fixture last weekend. The former Swansea manager recently admitted to the media that the current Reds squad is still in need of strengthening, but financial difficulties stand in the way of the club moving for potential targets.

Having already signed Joe Allen and Fabio Borini for a total sum of 25 million pounds this summer, the Daily Mail reports that the Liverpool board have ordered Rodgers to offload a few members of his team if he wishes to make further purchases. One player heavily linked with a move away from Anfied is Andy Carroll, but the Reds manager has stated that he will not sell the striker back to his former club Newcastle for a cut-throat price. 

The next two in line for exits from Liverpool are Adam and Spearing. The midfield duo saw plenty of playing time under former Reds boss Kenny Dalglish, but are behind Steven Gerrard, Lucas Leiva and Allen for a place in Rodgers' starting 11. 

The former Blackpool player has been offered as part of a transfer deal for Dempsey, but it is believed that Adam was unwilling to move to London. Another possible destination for the Scottish midfielder is across town to Everton, though Toffees manager David Moyes is reportedly biding his time in hopes of forcing Liverpool to sell Adam on the cheap. 

The situation is bleaker for Spearing, with only a faint murmur of interest from Championship side Bolton. Sources within Anfield indicate that the player is rated lower than Jordan Henderson and Jonjo Shelvey by his manager, severely reducing his chances of featuring for the Reds this season. 

Rodgers' target Dempsey is eager to move on from Fulham, having declared to Cottagers manager Martin Jol that he has no wish to play for the club in this campaign, prompting Jol to leave him out of Fulham's opening weekend mauling of Queens Park Rangers. 

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