Jermain Defoe looks set to make a surprise return to England but, despite earlier reports, it won’t be with Arsenal.
Defoe made the switch from Tottenham Hotspur to MLS side Toronto FC just five months ago but, following the sacking of head coach Ryan Nelsen on Sunday, as well as the imminent departure of president and CEO Tim Leiweke, is understood to be keen on a move back to the Premier League.
The likes of Queens Park Rangers, West Ham United, Aston Villa and Newcastle United have all been mentioned as potential suitors, while reports also emerged that Arsenal had been offered the chance to secure his services.
Currently in the midst of a striker crisis, following the long-term leg injury to Olivier Giroud, the Gunners have already missed out on now-Chelsea man Loic Remy, as well as Manchester United-bound Falcao, and have witnessed Yaya Sanogo flatter to deceive so far this season.
However, the rumours of Defoe’s arrival have been branded ‘complete rubbish’, according to Sky Sports News HQ, with Arsene Wenger only after top quality options, and not a shot-term fix in the mould of the 31-year-old.
With little other potential targets available who fit that bill, the the club’s search for a frontman this summer could now be over, in news which will no doubt disappoint supporters at the Emirates.