Leicester City want Jermaine Defoe in January

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Leicester City’s tough start to life back in the Premier League got a little bit tougher this week when manager Nigel Pearson ignited a row between himself and a fan. However life much go on for The Foxes and according to the Leicester Mercury Jermaine Defoe is being targeted in January.

Leonardo Ulloa joined from Brighton and Hove Albion in the summer but the Championship star’s early goals have since dried up leaving Leicester without a regular goal grabber. Their defence has also been rocky and that is why Nigel Pearson is understood to be targeting both a forward and a defender in the January sales after Christmas.

Jermaine Defoe is a product of the prestigious West Ham United youth academy and via a loan spell with Bournemouth, he found goals in the Premier League on his rise to fame. Tottenham Hotspur purchased Defore for the first time in January 2004 for around £7m including add ons. Defoe netted 43 Premier League strikes in 139 matches before being bought by Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth.

Redknapp moved on to Spurs and on 6 January 2009 he was reunited with Jermaine Defoe for his second spell at White Hart Lane. Defoe added another 47 goals to his Spurs Premier League account in 135 showings and then moved on to Toronto in the MLS. The 55 time capped England international did have a short loan at Tottenham in 2014 but looks set to return in January with Harry Redknapp’s QPR in the running.

Now Nigel Pearson has added another option to Defoe’s career path but will he be able to secure the 32-year-old who could help Leicester’s Premier League survival dreams.