Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino on signing Toronto FC striker Jermain Defoe


Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino does not seem to be interested in signing Toronto FC striker Jermain Defoe this month.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has refused to entertain questions of Jermain Defoe’s potential return to the club.

England international Defoe is currently training with Spurs’ development team in order to keep himself fit as this is currently the off-season in the MLS.

The 32-year-old is currently on the books of Toronto FC, but there have been reports in the British media that he could be convinced to return to the Premier League.

Spurs are also believed to be in the market for a striker, but Pochettino dismisses speculation that the club would re-sign Defoe.

"No comment about that,” The Mirror quotes the Argentine as saying when asked if he could sign the former West Ham United star. “Jermain is a big idol for the supporters, but his situation is clear."

Interestingly, The Mirror also claims that Defoe himself “would jump at the chance of an emotional return to Spurs”, and reports that Toronto are willing to sell the Englishman for a transfer fee of £3 million.

“Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is still unlikely even to stump up the reduced amount given the player's age,” added the report.

“But Defoe - afforded an emotional send-off last season - feels he could still be an asset in a third spell in North London.”

If indeed Defoe wants a Tottenham return and Devy is against it, then one has to back the latter.

True, £3m for a striker who knows the Premier League inside out is not much considered what is at stake for Tottenham - a place in next season’s Champions League - but for someone who is 32 and who has been playing in MLS for a while it is a bit too much.

In the short term Defoe could do the job perhaps, but what happens at the end of the season? Will Tottenham get a buyer?

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