Stoke City v Sunderland in battle for £4m Junior Hoilett?

With Harry Redknapp reportedly considering selling Junior Hoilett to pay for Jermain Defoe, could Stoke and Sunderland rekindle their interest?

Harry Redknapp’s long-held desire to be reunited with former Portsmouth and Tottenham charge Jermain Defoe could see the Queens Park Rangers boss put Junior Hoilett up for sale, something that would interest Sunderland and Stoke.

The R's boss has made no secret of his desire to bring 32-year-old London-born striker Defoe back to the Premier League, following a spell in the MLS with Toronto.

Defoe scored 11 goals in 19 games for the Canadian outfit but struggled to settle following poor results on the pitch and the eventual dismissal of manager and friend Ryan Nelsen.

Linked with a move to Loftus Road in the final hours of the summer transfer window, the striker could now be set for a reunion of sorts, but only if Rangers can stump up the cash to bring the forward over.

According to the Evening Standard, that situation could see Junior Hoilett put up for sale because the midfielder has so far been struggling for game time this term.

Purchased from Blackburn Rovers for £4 million back in the summer of 2012, a similar bid could well see the winger depart with Stoke and Sunderland both previously interested.

The Potters are believed to be in the market for a wide-playing midfielder and Hoilett could be the perfect fit, helped by the fact that Mark Hughes is familiar with the Canada-born star having seen him as a youngster during his days in charge at Ewood Park.

But Stoke could yet face competition from Sunderland, with claiming that Black Cats boss Gus Poyet wants to bring the 24-year-old to the Stadium of Light as he looks to improve on the club’s indifferent start to the season.

With several other Premier League sides likely to be keeping tabs on things, Sunderland and Stoke could yet go up against each other for Hoilett this January.

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