Hull City are the latest club to throw their hat into the the ring for Toronto FC’s forward Jermain Defoe, as they believe he is “available” to sign.
The 32-year-0ld Englishman is currently back at old club Tottenham Hotspur training with their Development Squad, we found out about that yesterday, as Defoe has plenty of suitors back in his homeland during the MLS offseason.
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In the summer transfer window Toronto FC wanted a permanent deal for Defoe rather than a loan move, and it will be interesting to hear what Greg Vanney and the rest of the TFC staff have to say about their Designated Player who will be expected back in Ontario later this month for preseason despite a falling out with high-ranking officials at BMO Field last fall.
As for Hull, their manager Steve Bruce confirmed his interest in the predatory forward but believes he isn’t the only PL manager looking to add the English international.
“I don’t think I’m alone,” Bruce said. “I think a lot of Premier League teams would have an interest in Jermain Defore, of course they would. If he became available, which seems to be the case, the figures and the finances may just be beyond us. But we will have a go.”
Bruce also confirmed that Hull have been in talks with Defoe’s agents about the move, but that the negotiations are ongoing as the Tigers search for options to bolster their attack as they aim to move clear of the bottom three following their success (two wins from three) over the festive period.
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Hull are also eyeing a loan move for Arsenal’s young French forward Yaya Sanogo, as Arsene Wenger confirmed he had spoken to Bruce about letting Sanogo join the Tigers for the rest of the season but is waiting to hear back.
With QPR and Hull both interested in Defoe, plus Leicester City previously sniffing around, could TFC’s main goal threat be priced out of a move back to England? Right now, unless something changes drastically, it seems so.