The deal to bring Jermain Defoe to Loftus Road could go from rumor to reality in January if the numbers in The London Evening Standard are any indication.
A weekly wage of $144,000 would certainly pique the interest of most players, even with Defoe’s current Major League Soccer salary of $8 million per year (5 million pounds).
Toronto FC quadrupled Defoe’s wages to get him to MLS, but the player and team suffered through an injury-shortened season that saw the Reds miss the playoffs despite spending loads of cash to bring Defoe, Michael Bradley and Gilberto aboard.
Defoe would be a good complementary player at some clubs, but a major upgrade for a limited QPR strike force that has really only seen production from Charlie Austin. His 11 goals in 16 MLS appearances hardly disappointed, though he was let down by an omission from Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the World Cup.