Addition of Onyewu would give Fulham four Americans

January 3, 2007

LONDON -- Oguchi Onyewu could be following fellow Americans Brian McBride, Carlos Bocanegra and Clint Dempsey to Fulham of England's Premier League.

Onyewu arrived at Fulham's Craven Cottage complex on Wednesday for a physical, Sky Sports reported on its Web site. The 6-foot-4 defender from Olney, Md., has played for Standard Liege in Belgium since 2004.

"I would say that there's a strong possibility he's played his last game for Liege," said his agent, Will Sherling. "There's a number of teams who have expressed an interest, and we are investigating those options."

Sherling said Onyewu is still exploring several clubs.

"There's not any one in particular," Sherling said.

Onyewu did not travel with Liege on Tuesday when it left for a training camp in Portugal. Fulham spokeswoman Sarah Brookes declined comment. Eurosport.com said that if Onyewu moves to Fulham, the transfer fee would be $1.96 million.

The 24-year-old has one goal in 17 international appearances. He was responsible for a foul in last year's World Cup that led to the go-ahead penalty kick in Ghana's 2-1 victory, which eliminated the Americans in the first round.

On Tuesday, the New England Revolution said Major League Soccer reached an agreement to send Dempsey to Fulham, a deal that won't be finalized unless the forward obtains a British work permit. On Wednesday, the U.S. Soccer Federation said Dempsey will not be attending the training camp scheduled to start Thursday in Carson, Calif.

McBride and Bocanegra have been with Fulham since 2004.


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