Redknapp steps up Defoe interest

Jan Kruger

Transfer news! With quotes!

Surprise surprise, former Spurs gaffer Harry Redknapp is talking to the press about top, top lads he'd love to bring to Loftus Road to bring Queens Park Rangers back to the Premier League. One of those top, top lads he mentioned was Tottenham's own Jermain Defoewhom Andy Johnson mentioned as a Q.P.R. target just three days ago. Harry illuminated his position on Defoe to the London Evening Standard this morning:

"I'd love to have Jermain. We made an enquiry but at the moment he's not available," Redknapp said in the London Evening Standard.

"We're nowhere near anything. There is a small chance of it happening."

As the article goes on to mention, Q.P.R. are in a desperate position right now for a striker. Loic Remy was loaned to Newcastle early this week, in part because of his massive wages, and Gary Hooper opted to play Premier League football with Norwich over battling around in the Championship for a season.

Of course, Defoe may not have a place in the squad this season. Tottenham have brought in Roberto Soldado, and if Gareth Bale gets sold, likely Morata as well. The question then becomes who between Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor is shipped out as surplus to requirements. Or perhaps both, with Harry Kane as the third choice? Who knows. What we do know is that Redknapp has a tendency to run his mouth on a lot of things, transfers being one of them, but this feels genuine. I think he likely would love to and is trying to get Defoe to come be a star in the Championship. Until Defoe has no shot at getting on the pitch here though, he likely wants no part of playing in a lower league.

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