(USA Today) -- The Seattle Sounders and English Premiere League team Tottenham Hotspur are on the verge of finalizing a transfer agreement that would send U.S. national team star Clint Dempsey back to MLS.
ESPN.com, which cited two "high-ranking Sounders employees", broke the news Friday, adding that Dempsey is expected to be introduced as the newest Sounder as early as Saturday. Details of the transfer, including the fee Sounders paid Spurs, were not provided.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Sounders coach Sigi Schmid denied a deal with Dempsey was near.
Rumors of Dempsey joining the Sounders began to spread Thursday after Dempsey was spotted at San Francisco International Airport in a photo posted on Twitter, though the user erroneously tweeted Dempsey was booked for a flight to Seattle.
If Dempsey joins Sounders, it would begin the second MLS stint for the 30-year-old. Dempsey previously played for the New England Revolution from 2004 to 2006. Dempsey has spent the past seven years playing overseas with Fullham (2007 to 2012) and most recently Spurs.