It seemed dead on. Harry Redknapp would reunite with his former star yet again and the experienced forward would try his best - for high wages - to keep QPR up.
Now, Redknapp is no more. And Defoe never was.
Instead, the former Tottenham and England striker is plying his trade at Sunderland. The Black Cats are paying him a handsome wage but, so far, he has delivered.
An impressive statistic, meanwhile, suggests the Sunderland man could come back to haunt QPR.
Granted, the 32-year-old has only played three games for Gus Poyet's men - but, in scoring two in three, Defoe has already struck up a goalscoring average higher than any QPR or Sunderland player. Only four QPR players have scored twice all season...
His form may dip but, should it continue in the same vein, the striker will have vindicated his signing within a matter of a few weeks. And that begs the question: did QPR make a huge mistake not signing him?
It would have been all to easy to argue Defoe wouldn't have been a good enough signing for the R's.
But the job of those at the club is to know who will score you goals and who won't. Apart from Charlie Austin, the QPR hierarchy - who reportedly vetoed a Defoe transfer - have proven completely inept in that department.
And QPR's loss could be Sunderland's gain tomorrow night. It certainly has been so far this calendar year.