QPR vs West Ham in battle to bring MLS star in from the cold

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Harry Redknapp and Sam Allardyce may both be lining up bids for Jermain Defoe, with the two Premier League clubs set to rekindle their interest in January.

Jermain Defoe looks set to seal a Premier League return this January, with West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers heading the queue of clubs keen to recruit the former England international.

The 31-year-old was rumoured to be keen on a move back to England in the final 24 hours of the summer transfer window, with both the Rs and Hammers among the sides linked with a deal for the ex-Tottenham star.

But while a deal ultimately failed to materialise, the Premier League pair now look set to rekindle their interest come January, with the player thought to be unhappy at current side Toronto FC in the MLS.

Defoe has been out of action for several weeks, with the franchise in the midst of a major slump that the one-time Portsmouth striker has so far failed to arrest.

The 31-year-old was brought to the club, alongside AS Roma midfielder Michael Bradley, in an attempt to revamp the flagging team under then-new manager Ryan Nelsen.

However the results failed to follow and the former Blackburn Rovers defender soon found himself out of a job, in a development that saw Defoe seeking a move away.

The MLS franchise has so far denied that the striker is unhappy or keen to leave the club, though they have noted that several major bids were tabled for the Englishman in the final hours of August.

Defoe has ties to both QPR and West Ham, with the Rs managed by Harry Redknapp, the boss who gave the 31-year-old his first Premier League start as a youngster at Upton Park.

Redknapp has made no secret of his desire to recruit another striker, with the Rs currently lacking a top-quality forward following the late departure of Loic Remy to Chelsea.

West Ham, by contrast, have found goals easy to come by with five registered in their last two Premier League outings, while new strikers Enner Valencia, Mauro Zarate and Diafra Sakho are all off the mark in the top-flight already.

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