West Ham have joined the race for former Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Clint Dempsey, according to reports.

The American midfielder left Spurs for MLS’ Seattle Sounders in the summer but it has emerged that he has a clause in his contract that allows him to leave the club on loan during the close season.

And Seattle manager Adrian Hanauer has admitted that a move back to the Premier League is huge possibility for Dempsey and that work has already begun on finding him a club between January and March next year.

He told the MailOnline: “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.”

Sam Allardyce will be in the market for a proven goal scorer in January, after seeing the Hammers struggle in front of goal so far this season with just nine goals from their opening Premier League games, and could see Dempsey as the perfect player to play behind striker Andy Carroll once he returns from injury.

However, it is believed that Spurs have first option on bringing the USA international back to White Hart Lane but will pass up the chance due to them having a number of players already in his position, while Fulham are expected to offer him the chance to return to Craven Cottage, where he scored 50 Premier League goals in 184 appearances between 2007 and 2012.