Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp is a man who knows what he likes, and he likes Jermain Defoe.
He handed the striker his big break at West Ham United, took him to Portsmouth, signed him at Tottenham Hotspur and is now planning a reunion at Loftus Road.
Defoe remains Stateside, though, with his MLS employers, Toronto FC, playing hard ball when it comes to transfer negotiations.
They fully appreciate the lure of the English top-flight, but are also understandably reluctant to part with a player they have made a sizeable investment in and one they believed was buying into their project upon crossing the Atlantic in January.
If reports are to be believed, though, QPR are refusing to take ‘no’ for an answer.
A three-year, £90,000-a-week deal is said to be in the offing, with Defoe ready to return to familiar surroundings 12 months after packing his bags to chase the American dream.
Redknapp admitted at the end of the summer that he remained hopeful an agreement would be reached, saying on transfer deadline day: “We tried all day with Jermain. He was keen to come. We agreed a deal with Toronto but they wouldn’t release him. There is every chance he will come in January. Almost certainly, I think we will go back in for him.”
He is now playing his cards close to his chest, with claims of ‘no movement’ intended to throw others off the scent.
HR on Jermain Defoe talk: "We tried to get him this summer. I'm a fan. But there's no movement. The figures would need to work." #QPRvMNC— QPR FC (@QPRFC) November 6, 2014
You get the feeling, though, that Defoe will be lining up in blue and white hoops come the New Year.
He has done little to curb the rumours regarding a Premier League return, is a proven marksmen at that level and QPR are in need of another body to carry the attacking load – offering support to Charlie Austin, Bobby Zamora and co.
A deal would appear to make sense for all concerned, and there few better than Redknapp when it comes to negotiating the murky waters of a transfer window and acquiring the services of a player he has forged strong professional links with.