Ex-Tottenham striker admits QPR interest, but denies Newcastle rumours


Former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe admits that QPR tried to sign him this summer.

It's almost a year since Jermain Defoe took the decision to leave Tottenham Hotspur in search of first team football, and whilst his move to Toronto FC took him out of the running for England's World Cup squad, it's fair to say the move has been a success.

With 12 goals in 17 games for the Canadians, Defoe has been prolific in MLS, and the 32-year-old is one of the deadliest strikers across the pond.

Yet rumours continue to link him with a return to English football. The move to Toronto was his first transfer away from England, and a number of teams were linked with a move in the summer.

Defoe admitted that his former Spurs and Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp was interested in bringing him back to London with Queens Park Rangers, whilst he also revealed that there was no contact with Newcastle United despite rumours about a switch to Tyneside.

"I really don’t know but Harry [Redknapp] wanted me. I remember speaking to Harry months ago and he said: ‘Yeah, in the off-season you’re going to come train and play for us and score goals," admitted Defoe.

"But I was at home seeing other things – like ‘Jermain Defoe might be going to Newcastle’. I’m thinking: ‘What? That’s news to me.’ It was mad. If a new club wants you they speak to your agent or the club you’re at. As a player you’re often in the dark."

The speculation regarding Defoe's future will surely continue into the January transfer window, but the former West Ham United hitman says he doesn't know what the future holds.

"I can’t say what’s going to happen because I really don’t know," he said. "But I like Toronto. It’s a really nice city. And it’s amazing when the sun’s out."

With both QPR and Newcastle struggling for goals this season, they could both use the predatory instincts of Defoe to help them - but it may take an exceptional offer to drag him away from Toronto.

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