Jermain Defoe is a player well known to everyone who supports a Premier League club. Those people will probably also be aware that current QPR boss Harry Redknapp has a thing for signing him, doing so on two previous occasions. According to the Daily Mail, the Toronto forward is ready to make a Premier League return in January.
Defoe began his career professionally with West Ham United in their prestigious academy and graduated to the first team after initially being a member of Charlton’s youth set up. At Upton Park he played 93 league matches, scoring 29 goals and announcing himself to the football world. He had a loan spell at Bournemouth before Tottenham Hotspur purchased him for an initial £6m in January 2004.
During his first spell at Tottenham Hotspur he played 139 Premier League fixtures, scoring 43 goals before moving to join Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth for £6m in January 2008. Redknapp was the man who gave him his West Ham debut in 1999 and so a year after joining Portsmouth, as Harry had moved to White Hart Lane he re-signed Defore for over £15m. His second spell at Spurs was impressive with 76 strikes in 182 games.
The 55 capped, 19 goals England international moved on to Toronto in the MLS in January 2014 but is reportedly unsettled in Canada leading to a number of links to Premier League strugglers QPR. Harry Redknapp would love to add his goals to his Rangers outfit and it is understood he will be offered a £90-per-week deal. In the summer the move broke down but Redknapp said of Defoe: “He was keen to come. We agreed a deal with Toronto but they wouldn’t release him. There is every chance he will come in January. Almost certainly, I think we will go back in for him.”
By Gareth Thomas | November 5th, 2014