Fellow London club QPR, managed by ex-Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, also made a move for the 32-year-old forward following the late departure of Loic Remy to Chelsea, leaving the Hoops with Charlie Austin to lead the line by himself.
Having lost five of their seven Premier League games so far, winning just one, Rangers sit bottom of the table with just four goals scored. Whilst defensive performances have also been below par, the club are keen to strengthen the attacking positions first-and-foremost, and the Evening Standard is reporting that the West Londoners will return for Defoe in January.
In an interview with Rangers central defender Rio Ferdinand, who has played every game this season following his summer arrival from Manchester United, the former England international was asked about ex-Three Lions teammate Defoe - and he responded with glowing praise for the forward.
“If anyone signs Jermain, they will get 10 League goals from him in the second half of the season,” the defender said.
“He will guarantee you goals. That is something we would like in our team. He’s a player at another team so I can’t talk too much about it in that way. But if he did become available then I’m sure QPR would be at the front of the queue.
“What makes him so good? He’s just a goalscorer. He’s selfish. He doesn’t care about passing to people, he wants to score, it’s as simple as that. When you have someone like that in your team, you’re always going to have a chance.”
Progressing through the academy systems of Charlton and West Ham, Defoe made a name for himself with the Hammers, earning a move to Spurs, with whom he cemented his reputation as one of the best goalscorers in English football. He left White Hart Lane in 2008, but returned one-year later, totalling 137 goals in 352 games across two spells in North London.
Despite his goalscoring tally’s in club football, he has only ever been a bit-part player at international level, although he has managed 19 goals in 55 appearances for England.
A move back to QPR would be a wise decision for both the player and the club, with the goals guaranteed by Defoe’s presence likely to be the key factor in the R’s survival in the Premier League.