FULHAM boss Martin Jol concedes he does not know if he can keep the “unbelievable” Clint Dempsey at Craven Cottage long-term.
Dempsey turned in another outstanding performance with two goals in a comfortable 3-0 win at Bolton on Saturday.
The versatile American, who struck with a superb long-range free-kick and a firm header, has now scored 21 times in all competitions this term.
With just one more season remaining on the 29-year-old’s contract, Fulham accept he could become an attractive target for other clubs and are keen to tie him to a new deal.
Jol said: “I can’t foresee the future.
“We want to keep him and hopefully he wants to stay.
“We have offered him a very good contract.
“He knows he is very appreciated at our club, so hopefully he will stay.
“If we want to be a top side we need players who can score more than 20 goals in all competitions.
“For a wide midfield player who can play up front and score that many goals, it is unbelievable.”