Would Spurs swap Jermain Defoe for Loic Remy?

Harry Redknapp

Former Tottenham manager and QPR boss Harry Redknapp has a rich tradition of signing Jermain Defoe. Could he do so again with a French sweetener thrown into the deal?

Undoubtedly, one of his favourite players is Spurs striker Jermaine Defoe. The 30-year-old Englishman has been brought by Redknapp to Portsmouth and Tottenham.

He began his senior career at West Ham and broke through into the senior setup under Redknapp in 1999.

Redknapp then secured the services of Defoe on loan from Tottenham to Portsmouth in 2008 and then bought him on permanent transfer later that year. When Redknapp then took the reigns at Tottenham the same year, he brought Defoe with him back to Spurs.

Whilst new Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has effectively warned Redknapp, now at QPR, off Defoe, I wonder whether the Portuguese manager would consider a swap deal with Redknapp’s January signing Loic Remy.

Both Defoe and Remy are valued between £8.8 million exactly and the 26-year-old Frenchman has made a relatively impressive start to his Premier League career, making 6 appearances, and scoring 3 goals, averaging a goal every two games he plays.

Defoe, however, has been in sensational form yet again this term – he’s made 28 league appearances for Spurs, scored 10 league goals and made 4 assists. The 30-year-old has scored 18 goals across all competitions.

Whilst Defoe is obviously the more experienced of the two, he was inherited by Villas-Boas. I wonder, if he was given the choice, whether he would have picked Defoe as his main man. Remy is far more the stylish and cultured forward that Villas-Boas preferred in his time at Porto when his first-choice striker was one Radamel Falcao.

He also had Hulk back then and Silvestre Varela flanking the Colombian on either side. Those are the kind of forwards Villas-Boas prefers to work with and, with all due respect to Jermaine Defoe who is a very very good striker for club and country, he’s not quite at the exceptional technical level of Falcao, or Hulk.

I’m not going to pretend that Loic Remy is either – don’t get me wrong – but he is certainly shaping up to be a real handful up front and if he were the frontman of a team with more firepower and a better defensive capability to go with it, he would surely have the capacity to be one of the league’s top scorers.

His finishing is very close to the level of the likes of Swansea’s Michu and Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke who have scored 28 goals between them in the league.

Defoe is entering the twilight years of his career now and he will likely struggle to maintain the level or fitness and form he’s enjoyed for his decade-long career in the English top tier. Remy is just entering his peak years and if QPR get relegated, which is looking increasingly likely, he might fancy a move away from Loftus Road.

Harry Redknapp could likely convince Defoe to reunite with him once more – the only party that would need convincing would be Spurs. Would they let Defoe go for Loic Remy?

 

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