Premier League trio target Tottenham ace
Once again rumours are rife that 29-year-old forward Jermaine Defoe wishes to leave White Hart Lane. He hopes to become first-choice striker at whichever club he joins.
Previous Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp utilised a 4-2-3-1 formation that meant Defoe factored little in his plans. However, Defoe still bagged 17 goals last season coming off the bench – and we could be looking at a candidate for the golden boot if he moves to a club where he is the main-man up front. This may certainly be the case, as current manager Andre Villas-Boas’ favoured 4-3-3 system would mean another season of keeping the bench warm. Defoe told The Mirror “last season was heartbreaking for me in terms of putting my body on the line, being prepared to give everything for the club and not getting a game.”
With Harry Kane the only other out-and-out striker on Spurs’ books, it is unlikely Defoe will leave until at least one other striker is brought in. Emmanuel Adebayor is still demanding wages that Spurs are uncomfortable paying and Internacional have placed a £47m price-tag on Leandro Damiao. However, Defoe hasn’t ruled out staying at Tottenham, as he continues; “obviously I have to think seriously about my future. I will talk to the club and see what happens but right now all I want to do is what is best for Tottenham”.
Aston Villa and Sunderland were two clubs desperate for goals last season, and Defoe would solve that problem. After having a £12m bid for Wolves striker Steven Fletcher turned down, Sunderland will be eager to sign a reliable forward before the transfer window shuts in 15 days. QPR have been undergoing a squad overhaul during the summer, including the signings of forward Junior Hoilett and Andrew Johnson – and a move here would place Defoe’s desire to be the number one choice striker in some doubt.