Newcastle United move could suit Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe

The England forward should hold off on a move to Major League Soccer and head to the north east.

Jermain Defoe may be contemplating a move to Major League Soccer with Toronto FC but the 31-year-old would be wise to stay on English shores for the time being, with a move to Newcastle United offering one option to the England international.

The former West Ham forward has struggled for playing time under Andre Villas-Boas but even the Portuguese boss would be unlikely to stand in the striker’s way should he seek a move away from White Hart Lane, provided the deal suits both parties.

For Newcastle, Defoe’s arrival could shore up a team seriously lacking in top-level attacking options with Papiss Cisse still struggling for goals while the team’s top goalscorer Loic Remy is only at the club on loan from Queens Park Rangers.

Signing the forward could also prove a masterstroke for club owner Mike Ashley, with fans likely to welcome the England international on Tyneside in much the same way they did Alan Shearer and Michael Owen.

Toon Army boss Alan Pardew could also be open to the move, which would not only boost his squad options but provide the former West Ham man with the kind of steely British acquisition he once famously criticised Arsenal for lacking.

On the flip side, provided the fee involved is satisfactory, Tottenham too could be open to a deal, with Newcastle’s status as a mid-table side ensuring there is no conflict of interests for the north London club.

Defoe, meanwhile, could relish the chance to secure regular first-team football at a club with a fan base to rival even Spurs.

As his previous departure to unfashionable Portsmouth showed, Defoe is not afraid to depart the capital in search of playing time.

We’ll have to wait and see whether that ethos stretches all the way to Newcastle.

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