As the transfer window draws to a close, there’s a lot swirling around the future of Clint Dempsey and whether he’ll leave Fulham. Here’s the latest:

– As of Thursday, Fulham manager Martin Jol still expects Dempsey to depart. “With Dempsey there is still nothing on the table. Of course we are talking to different clubs but it is up to him – you know his desire to go to a Champions League club. … It is always difficult in football, there are different clubs with different scenarios and different options. We know exactly what we want and if other clubs come up with the right deal we will probably do it.”

– Fulham completed the signing of talented ex-Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov on Thursday, meaning they have some offensive cover should Dempsey leave.

– Liverpool finalized a loan deal that sends striker Andy Carroll to West Ham for the season, which could also free up some space up front — and in the Anfield books — for Dempsey.

– As recently as Thursday, Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill has said the Black Cats aren’t done in the transfer market and have inquired about the availability of Dempsey.

–, meanwhile, is reporting that Fulham are interested in a partial swap move that would send Dempsey from Fulham to Liverpool for midfielder Charlie Adam and cash. The deal is apparently hitting a snag as Adam does not want to head south, however.

– The New York Times attempted to put the whole messy Dempsey situation in perspective, meanwhile, and also touched upon what this can mean to USMNT 2014 World Cup qualifying.