Reports continue to link Toronto FC’s Designated Player Jermain Defoe with a move back to the Premier League in January, as a deal was allegedly in place with Queens Park Rangers.
However, according to QPR boss Harry Redknapp, no such deal has been agreed but the R’s are extremely inerested in Toronto’s star striker.
Redknapp has signed Defoe, 32, while he was boss at both Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur and also oversaw his rise to the professional game with West Ham while Redknapp was boss of the Hammers.
When asked by reporters if a deal for Defoe has been arranged for January, Redknapp had the following to say on Thursday.
“He is a player that I am sure we will be interested in in January,” Redknapp confirmed. “But you know, it depends on the expense of it all and everything else and what the deal is. Only Tony [Fernandes], the chairman, will deal with that. That’s up to him. I don’t think anything is anywhere near being concluded. We tried to get Jermain before the deadline but I don’t think there’s any movement on that one at the moment. I’m a big fan of Jermain’s… I signed him enough times. He’s a goalscorer and he’s obviously a player you would like at your club, if possible. But the figures would have to be right and I haven’t spoken to Tony about that yet.”
With Defoe recently coming out and saying comments from TFC’s officials have left him “hurt” after a move to QPR broke down on Deadline Day back in August, Toronto’s top scorer in the 2014 MLS season (12 goals in 17 games) seems to be edging close to a return to his homeland.
It seems as though TFC are holding firm to try and get as much money as possible for the England international striker, as they signed Defoe for $10 million from Tottenham in February 2014.
As they say, watch this space.