Jermain Defoe Transfer Rumours: Latest News on the Tottenham Star Week of Nov 25
One player whose name may be linked with a move elsewhere is Jermain Defoe.
The striker has started just one Premier League game this season, appearing off the bench in a further seven.
Nine goals and a regular starting place in Tottenham's team for the Europa League and Capital One Cup have helped keep Defoe active. However, given his team's struggle to score goals in the league, he will undoubtedly be frustrated at his lack of opportunities in the competition.
With the possibility of it affecting the 31-year-old's status in the England squad ahead of next summer's World Cup, Defoe is a prime candidate for speculation about a move away from White Hart Lane.
The reality may differ. Earlier this month, Defoe told the Daily Express' Matthew Dunn he did not want to leave Spurs:
Fans ask me all the time, but I don’t need to tell anybody I am frustrated. That is just normal. People know I love my football, and I love scoring goals. When I am not getting the opportunity to do that, it is frustrating.
But I have never once said I wanted to leave this football club. Even when I left the first time, I didn't say I wanted to leave the club. All I will say is that I want to play.
With over a month to go until the transfer window opens, Defoe's situation could change to the point a transfer is the farthest thing from anyone's mind.
In the meantime, check back here for all the latest news and rumours surrounding his future. Defoe stories are unlikely to be a daily occurrence, so also included will be talk of Tottenham interest in other strikers that may impact on his future.
LAST UPDATED SUNDAY DECEMBER 1
Spurs Back in for Rossi?
Sunday December 1
We began the week with talk of Tottenham interest in Ciprian Marica and Alvaro Morata as potential replacements for—or at least alternatives to—Jermain Defoe.
We conclude with a report from the Sunday People's Alan Nixon suggesting Spurs are willing to spend £30 million in an attempt to sign Giuseppe Rossi.
The Fiorentina striker has netted 12 times this season, a sparkling return to form after a lengthy injury layoff marred the end of his time with Villarreal.
Spurs' interest in Rossi seems to go back to his time with the Spanish club. Nixon himself reported on it for The Mirror back in August 2011, while as this Daily Mail article shows, the two parties have been linked as far back as September 2010.
Considering that report claimed Rossi had "his heart set on a return to Italy" back then, the achievement of that particular desire might ensure he would think twice about a return to England in January.
It would be highly unlikely that La Viola would consider selling the former Manchester United man, anyway. Sitting fifth prior to Monday's meeting with Hellas Verona, the Florence club know keeping Rossi will be vital to their aims of Champions League qualification this season.
Will Defoe Play Versus Man United?
Saturday November 30
A quiet couple of days in regards to Jermain Defoe.
His manager Andre Villas-Boas left him behind for the Tromso trip as a "precaution". In previewing Sunday's game with Manchester United some, including the Daily Express' Charles Perrin, have suggested the striker might be recalled.
With Roberto Soldado coming under increasing scrutiny for his lack of goals, Villas-Boas will undoubtedly be considering if a change is in order.
Defoe has been Soldado's understudy all season, but the recent reintroduction of Emmanuel Adebayor to the fold has increased the competition for places.
One of several potentially intriguing story-lines in Sunday's game will revolve around Defoe's involvement—or lack of it. Even if he does not play, another quiet showing from Soldado may force Villas-Boas's hand in giving the player a much-desired chance in the Premier League.
Villas-Boas Gives His Take on Defoe's Future
Thursday November 28
Meanwhile, Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has spoken of his intention to keep Defoe, but has not categorically ruled out him being sold either.
"I can't stop stories coming out," ESPN.co.uk reports Villas-Boas as saying. "At the moment the feeling is that the player is happy, he wants to get into the Premier League team for sure. His opportunities have come more from Europa League games.
"At this time we've started more games with Soldado but Jermain is working hard to get into the team."
Quotes carried on ITV.com were in a similar vein, with Villas-Boas stating Spurs "are happy to have him (Defoe) on board," but not willing to dwell on the player's future much further having already "spoke a lot about this."
Villas-Boas revealed to TottenhamHotspur.com that Defoe, along with Aaron Lennon, would miss Thursday night's Europa League game with Tromso "as a precaution because of previous injuries they've had on artificial pitches."
Defoe and Toronto Agree Deal?
Wednesday November 27
The Mirror's Darren Lewis reports that Jermain Defoe "has agreed an incredible £90,000-a-week switch to Major League Soccer side Toronto FC."
A move there would reunite Defoe with former Tottenham teammate Ryan Nelsen. The New Zealand defender was appointed Toronto's coach at the beginning of 2013.
Going by quotes carried in an article by the Daily Mail's David Kent, Nelsen has kept in touch with Defoe since leaving Spurs last year. It seems he might have been successful in his attempts to convince the striker to cross the Atlantic.
Kent suggests Defoe would remain in London until needed for the beginning of the MLS season in March. Toronto's first game of the campaign is an away trip to Seattle Sounders.
As yet there is no official confirmation of a deal from Spurs. As of Wednesday morning, the only reference to Defoe on the club's official Twitter page is in relation to his scoring exploits in this season's Europa League.
Tottenham Renew Interest in Morata
Tuesday November 26
As Cross notes, Spurs appeared to be keen on signing the striker as part of the move that took Gareth Bale to the Spanish capital this past summer.
The story also mentions Jermain Defoe as someone Spurs could be keen to sell if they can get a replacement, be that Morata or someone else.
Darren Lewis' story from last month—also in The Mirror—linking Defoe with a move to Toronto FC is again brought up. West Ham United, Hull City and Sunderland are also mentioned as potential destinations.
A West Ham Return on the Cards for Defoe?
Monday November 25
With Jermain Defoe-related news sparse as we begin our transfer tracker, it is a story from a couple of weeks ago we look to as a starting point.
The Daily Star's Jack Wilson reported Defoe was "odds-on to make a stunning switch to West Ham."
With the Hammers even worse off than Tottenham for quality forward-play right now, linking the Spurs striker with a move to his former club is not an unrealistic notion.
Despite Defoe being an unpopular figure in East London ever since he handed in a transfer request following West Ham's relegation in 2003 (preceding his move to Spurs by a good nine months), old feelings could be overlooked if a move mutually benefited both parties.
Defoe recently told ITV4's Sports Life Stories programme—here via The Mirror—that he regretted the circumstances of his Upton Park departure.
Though nothing real has emerged yet, this could be a story worth keeping an eye on to see if it develops.
Currently the striker still has a role to play in North London. Heading into January, any reported Spurs interest in other strikers will be keenly examined to see if the club are genuinely interested in heading in a different direction.
Emmanuel Adebayor's selection in Sunday's 6-0 thrashing by Manchester City could see the situation change.
After months out of contention, Andre Villas-Boas brought on Adebayor ahead of Defoe. His renewed faith in the Togo striker could yet lead to Defoe moving further out of the first-team picture.
Spurs and Arsenal Vying for Romanian Attacker?
Monday November 25
A name linked with Tottenham going back to September—when The Mirror's Alan Nixon was among those suggesting a possible move—Romanian attacker Ciprian Marica has again been mentioned in relation to a move to the Premier League.
Seeing as Marica only joined the La Liga outfit following the start of the season, a January move to England would be a hasty change of scenery.
At 28, the versatile forward would be viewed as a quick-fix by Spurs, rather than a long-term replacement for Defoe, or anyone else. An unproven Premier League striker who, though experienced has not been prolific anywhere, does not necessarily scream as an improvement on their existing front line, though.