Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp confirmed he is eager to bring Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe to Loftus Road.
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Redknapp has worked with Defoe during his spells in charge of West Ham, Portsmouth and Spurs and while he accepts the challenge of convincing the England striker to drop out of the Premier League will be tough, he is eager to explore the possibility of signing the 30-year-old marksman.
“I’d love to have Jermain,” Redknapp is quoted in the Evening Standard.
“We made an enquiry but at the moment he’s not available. We’re nowhere near anything. There is a small chance of it happening.”
Defoe has a battle to remain a first choice striker for Tottenham following the £26 million arrival of Roberto Soldado from Valencia, with the prospect of spending time on the bench even more unappealing with the World Cup looming next summer.
However, Tottenham may be reluctant to allow Defoe to leave until they sign additional strikers, with reports linking the North London club with a move for Anzhi Makhachkala’s Brazilian Willian after he was transfer listed following the Russian club’s new cost cutting plan.
Redknapp may be a little more hopeful of signing Scott Parker from his old club Tottenham, with the imminent arrival of Toulouse’s Etienne Capoue at White Hart Lane opening the door to a possible move for the veteran Parker.