Financial package for Jermain Defoe problematic for Hull City

Hull City's Steve Bruce the latest manager to cast doubt over whether ex-Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe can be returned to the Premier League.

A different day, a different manager discussing the likelihood of former Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United striker Jermain Defoe being brought back to England in the January transfer window.

Hull City boss Steve Bruce is the latest to have his say, and he appears to be facing similar difficulties to a number of his Premier League rivals.

Queens Park Rangers have all but ruled themselves out of the running as Harry Redknapp has no money to spend.

Leicester City’s Nigel Pearson is also staying tight-lipped, with there a number of obstacles to overcome before a deal can be done.

Bruce has now reiterated that stance, with the financial package required to free Defoe from his commitments in MLS with Toronto FC making a move difficult.

He said: “I was asked a question ‘Would I like Jermain Defoe?’ and I replied by saying that I think everyone in the bottom half of the Premier League would love Jermain Defoe.

“Whether it’s possible financially-wise, it might be too expensive. But if there is a chance, a player like that we would be interested in. But I wouldn’t raise the hopes of the fans because it’s still a long way off.”

Hull supporters may feel that it is worth investing in a proven frontman.

The Tigers need to find firepower from somewhere, and goalscorers never come cheap.

Defoe appears to be open to the idea of returning to the Premier League so it is now up to those considering an approach to put their money where their mouth is and take a calculated risk.

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