Newcastle monitoring the situation of top English striker

Tottenham's Jermain Defoe is unsettled at White Hart Lane and wants to move for regular football.

According to the Mail on Sunday, Newcastle are monitoring the 30-year-old's situation in North London, with a view to making a loan offer in January.

Defoe has cut a frustrated figure at Spurs, with his bit-part role under manager Andre Villas-Boas this season.

The in-form Englishman netted twice against Aston Villa in Tottenham's midweek League Cup tie at Villa Park, but was left on the bench with Villas-Boas picking £26 million summer signing Roberto Soldado to lead the line against Chelsea on Saturday. 

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Defoe is seeking regular first team football to put himself in contention for England selection at the World Cup in Brazil, assuming Roy Hodgson's men qualify.

Newcastle failed to bring in a striker to complement Loic Remy in the summer transfer window, and are likely to add to their fire power in January.

There are two main reasons why this move is unlikely to happen. Firstly, Defoe turns 31 next week, and Newcastle usually sign players aged 26 or under. Secondly, the England international is likely to demand wages above the Toon wage cap.

However, if Defoe is motivated and keen to accept a drop in his wages, then it is a transfer which would suit both clubs.

What do you think Newcastle fans? Would you like to see Defoe move to Tyneside in January?

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