Villas-Boas to offer lifeline to Defoe

Jermain Defoe, Spurs strikerTottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is set to offer Jermain Defoe a chance to revive his career at the club, The Daily Mail report.

The Portuguese manager is keen to revamp his White Hart Lane squad this summer, with the additions of Jan Vertonghen and Gylfi Sigurdsson already confirmed.

Despite this, a new striker is high up the talented coach’s wishlist, with the squad currently having few attacking options.

Emmanuel Adebayor spent last season on loan in north London and Daniel Levy has been negotiating a deal to bring the forward to Spurs permanently this summer.

However, with no progression over a deal being made with Manchester City, Villas-Boas is said to be becoming frustrated, and may turn to Defoe.

The England international has been used in a squad rotation system by previous managers, but Villas-Boas may well have him as a more regular fixture in the team.

Villas-Boas has admitted that after Defoe returns from a death in the family he will be in contention.

“Obviously there was an interest in Ade but we have a need first for Jermain to get back from his personal tragedy for the team to have further options in the striker position,” the trainer confessed.

“We are still building a team. The team can improve and we are looking to improve it.

“This is obviously not the final product and as we go through August we have to get the right perspective as to where we can improve and where we will arrive.”

By Gareth McKnight