Paul Merson: Queens Park Rangers should have signed Jermain Defoe

Former Arsenal star Paul Merson is surprised that Queens Park Rangers did not make a move for Jermain Defoe, who has joined Sunderland.

Former Arsenal attacker Paul Merson has told The Daily Star that Queens Park Rangers should have signed Jermain Defoe.

England international Defoe has joined Sunderland from MLS outfit Toronto FC on a three-and-a-half-year contract.

The 32-year-old former Tottenham Hotspur striker was on the radar of Hull City prior to his move to the Black Cats, according to The Daily Mail.

Merson has backed Defoe to be a success on his return to the Premier League, but he is surprised that QPR did not make a move for the former West Ham United star.

“They (QPR) can’t keep relying on Charlie Austin all season,” the 46-year-old wrote in The Daily Star. “If he carries on at the rate he’s going in that team, he’ll be England captain by the end of the year!

“I think Defoe would have been perfect for them. They say it’s an expensive deal, but sometimes you have to take a chance.

“With even more Premier League TV money next season, this is a bad time to get relegated. Spending a few million now on Defoe has got to be worth it.

“It’s not even a gamble. He’s a proven Premier League goalscorer. It’s not like you’re risking big money on someone who’s never played here.”

Like Sunderland, QPR are also struggling for survival in the Premier League, but they do not have the money to spend big.

Perhaps the lack of finance was a reason why Harry Redknapp’s Rangers team could not make a move for Defoe.

As Merson says, Defoe knows the Premier League inside out and will be a key player for Sunderland as the season progresses.

QPR’s loss is Sunderland’s gain.

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