Five possible destinations for want-away striker Jermain Defoe
Jermain Defoe looks likely to make a swift return to England and the Premier League, after just five months playing across the Atlantic for MLS side Toronto FC.
Coral provide five possible destinations for the 31-year-old England international striker, ahead of the 11pm transfer deadline.
Defoe, reportedly rated £6m, has netted 15 goals in 16 league games for his current Canadian club, and is 14th in the all-time Premier League top scorers list, with 124, one behind Nicolas Anelka.
With French attacker Olivier Giroud out for around four months with a fractured leg, the Gunners are really struggling up front. While the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott are adept to playing as a striker, the club lack an experienced and accomplished centre forward who can guarantee goals.
Defoe would represent a good short term replacement, which could even earn him a re-call to the England squad in future.
Hoops boss Harry Redknapp has been Defoe’s coach on three previous occasions, starting at West Ham United, before signing him whilst at Portsmouth and Tottenham.
The striker is clearly a favourite of Transfer Deadline Day specialist Redknapp, and could bring him in to challenge the likes of Charlie Austin, Bobby Zamora and loanee Eduardo Vargas. Loic Remy has joined Chelsea, against the manager’s wishes, so QPR need a star replacement.
The Toon have an array of talent up front for this campaign, after adding Emmanuel Riviere, Remy Cabella, Facundo Ferreyra and Ayoze Perez to their current strike force of Papiss Cisse, Yoan Gouffran and Sammy Ameobi.
However, Newcastle really need to extend their British contingent, and Defoe would be an excellent addition. His arrival would likely upset a few players, though, due to competition for places.
While forwards Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann were on the scoresheet for Villa at the weekend against Hull, the club still need fire power if they are to extend their long spell in the top-flight.
Having missed out on Scotland star Jordan Rhodes from Blackburn Rovers, the Tigers would still ideally like to bring in another striker, after the departure of Shane Long to Southampton.
Hull currently have Nikica Jelavic, who was also on the scoresheet in the Villa game, as well as Yannick Sagbo and Sone Aluko, but Defoe would really provide a reliable replacement for Long.