Jermain Defoe could be set for the Tottenham Hotspur exit as Queen’s Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp attempts to entice the 30 year old to step down a league and join him at Loftus Road.
Spurs midfielder Scott Parker is all but set to rejoin his former manager in the Championship as he is likely to forgo a Premier League stay by snubbing Martin Jol at Fulham.
Parker had been seen as a certain departure from Spurs this season as the 32 year old’s playing time dropped last year and the transfer window captures of Brazilian international Paulinho and French international Étienne Capoue would further limit his place in a midfield already featuring Sandro and Moussa Dembele.
Defoe though is keen to stay at White Hart Lane but recognises that his chances of gametime will be hard won as Roberto Soldado’s arrival from Valencia will see the Spaniard given a guaranteed first team place for the start of his Spurs career.
The English striker is keen not to miss out on what will likely be his last chance to feature at a World Cup in Rio next summer by spending his season on the bench and though he would be happy to stay at Spurs and fight for his space, Redknapp may be able to tempt him that a starring role in his QPR side would be more beneficial to his international ambitions.
Villas-Boas too would prefer Defoe remains in his squad this summer as he sees him as at least an impact player for the early part of the season but if he cannot offload Emmanuel Adebayor the man who Redknapp brought back to Spurs may have to make way.
The Portugese manager didn’t mention the Togolese striker when asked about the renewed competition in the Tottenham frontline earlier this month, instead referring to Defoe’s status as a hero at the club.
“Defoe is a hero for Tottenham and has been doing well,” said Villas-Boas. “He faces competition which he has always faced during his career.”
Adebayor has been touted around Europe this transfer window but the only offers so far have come from Russia and Ukraine where the player is very reluctant to base himself but unless Spurs drop their asking price from the £10million mark it is unlikely the 29 year old will find a club in one of Europe’s more elite leagues.