Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe linked with Redknapp reunion at QPR

The England international is thought to be a target for the Loftus Road outfit, as first-team chances in north London may be limited.

With Roberto Soldado set to become Tottenham’s new record signing, and the club in the transfer market to increase their attacking options further, Jermain Defoe is set to be one of the men to suffer. The England international has never really established himself as the main man at White Hart Lane, and as things stand could well find himself on the fringes of Andre Villas-Boas’ squad.

Reports in the British media suggest that QPR, spearheaded by former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, could be ready to make an audacious bid to attract Defoe to Loftus Road. Despite the fact that the Hoops are in the Championship, the Redknapp factor is believed to be something that could persuade the forward to jump ship.

Current QPR forward Andre Johnson has revealed that he would welcome Defoe to the club with open arms, and that the new addition would play a significant role in helping the club to a successful season.

“We don’t need to speak how big the club is, the club’s massive. It’s got massive backing, the chairman’s been fantastic, it’ll be great to give him something back.

“Jermain has worked under Harry before, he’s worked with a lot of the boys before.

“I worked with him for three or four years at England. He’s a great lad. He’s worked with Jermaine Jenas and few of the old Tottenham boys and there are a lot of people here who could attract him to the club.

“Yeah of course, I think when I’ve moved to clubs first you look and see who you do and don’t know at clubs. I think that has an influence on where you choose to go in the end, so fingers crossed and hopefully Jermain will come.”

Although Defoe could well need to move away from White Hart Lane to secure regular first-team football, QPR does not seem like a sensible destination. With the World Cup less than 12 months away, Defoe would be pretty much guaranteeing his exclusion by agreeing to drop to the second-tier of English football.

Yes, the Harry Redknapp factor could well be taken into consideration, but the diminutive forward is more than good enough to continue plying his trade in the Premier League. If he does decide that a move is needed to get playing time, surely there would be a number of Premier League teams that would be interested?

For Tottenham, selling Defoe is a risky tactic. Although he may not be the player that Andre Villas-Boas sees leading the line for the club, Defoe is capable of coming off the bench and getting a goal to win a match. He was Spurs’ top scorer after Gareth Bale last season with 11 top-flight goals. On his day he is one of the most predatory and clinical finishers in the English game.

Defoe is a wildcard that offers Spurs a dangerous Plan B – selling him should not be taken lightly.

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