Report: QPR has “deal in place” to sign Jermain Defoe from Toronto FC in January

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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.

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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.

From the report:

Queens Park Rangers have a deal in place to sign Jermain Defoe when the transfer window reopens in January.

Defoe has always been a Redknapp favourite — the 67-year-old signed him for both Tottenham and Portsmouth. The 32-year-old looked likely to join forces with him again in the summer after Toronto agreed an £8million deal — only to pull the plug at the last minute, insisting they would only sell the striker in January.

Redknapp said at the time: “We tried all day with Jermain. 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. I’ve signed him so many times. I’ve taken him everywhere.”

Defoe would be a big loss to Toronto, and he wasn’t a let down outside of availability. Certainly part of his desire to go to the MLS side was a reunion with manager Ryan Nelsen, who was fired after a perceived power struggle with TFC GM Tim Bezbatchenko. With Jurgen Klinsmann wanting Michael Bradley to play advanced on the pitch with his club and TFC coach Greg Vanney not high on that idea, how different could TFC look come 2015?