Jermain Defoe Transfer Rumours: Latest News on Tottenham Star, Week of Dec. 23

Thomas CooperFeatured ColumnistDecember 23, 2013

Jermain Defoe Transfer Rumours: Latest News on Tottenham Star, Week of Dec. 23

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    Jermain Defoe will be contemplating his future at Tottenham Hotspur over Christmas.
    Jermain Defoe will be contemplating his future at Tottenham Hotspur over Christmas.Michael Regan/Getty Images

    Just as the identity of Tottenham Hotspur's next manager remains uncertain, Jermain Defoe's future with the club remains similarly undetermined.

    After playing 90 minutes in Tottenham's 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat to West Ham United last week, the striker was dropped for Sunday's Premier League meeting with Southampton.

    Roberto Soldado was chosen ahead of him alongside the returning Emmanuel Adebayor in attack. The two combined for Spurs' first goal in their 3-2 win, with the latter sealing the three points with his second score of the game.

    What this means for Defoe under interim manager Tim Sherwood might become clearer over the festive period. Depending on who is in charge of Spurs heading into January, his status could change again.

    Developments relating to a possible move away from North London for Defoe will be covered here throughout this week. Of course, anything suggesting he is going to stay will be noted, too.

    As it would affect the striker's standing at Spurs, pertinent speculation surrounding other occurrences and speculation relating to the club's attack will be recorded here as well.

    Make sure to check back here throughout the week.


Defoe to Be Sold to Make Way for Long?

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    Could Shane Long be on his way to Spurs?
    Could Shane Long be on his way to Spurs?Michael Regan/Getty Images

    Sunday December 29

    The Sunday People's Dave Kidd reports that Tottenham are interested in signing West Bromwich Albion striker Shane Long.

    According to Kidd, any move for Long would be dependent on funds generated by player sales. He specifically suggests Jermain Defoe and Kyle Naughton as players who could be sold.

    The story references the on-going speculation linking Defoe with a transfer to Toronto FC, with a fee of £6 million being mooted.


Defoe a Doubt for Stoke; Gomis Interesting Spurs?

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    Lyon's Bafetimbi Gomis is said to be of interest to Spurs.
    Lyon's Bafetimbi Gomis is said to be of interest to Spurs.EuroFootball/Getty Images

    Friday December 27

    Jermain Defoe was absent for Tottenham's 1-1 draw with West Brom on Boxing Day, and is also doubtful for Sunday's visit to White Hart Lane from Stoke City.

    According to, the striker is currently suffering from a hamstring injury.

    Defoe is enduring a miserable end to 2013, football-wise. He has not appeared in the Premier League since early December, with his last appearance coming in the Capital One Cup defeat to his former club West Ham United.

    Injury might rob him of his last chance to play this year. Though given his new manager Tim Sherwood's preference for Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado over the last two games, he might not have started against Stoke anyway.

    With the January transfer window only days away, could Defoe have played his last game for the club?

    Meanwhile, Jamie Sanderson of Metro newspaper reports that Spurs are interested in signing Olympique Lyonnais forward Bafetimbi Gomis.

    The unsettled Frenchman could be available at £5 million according to Sanderson, something the writer believes is within range of the funds Sherwood will be allotted in January.

Redknapp and QPR to Go for Defoe in January?

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    Will Jermain Defoe and Harry Redknapp be reunited?
    Will Jermain Defoe and Harry Redknapp be reunited?Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

    Monday December 23

    Queens Park Rangers' 1-0 defeat to Leicester City this past Saturday has left Harry Redknapp's side one point off the top of the Championship in second place.

    According to the Daily Telegraph's Ian Ridley, the Hoops could still retain an interest in bringing in Jermain Defoe in some capacity as they seek to boost their title and promotion chances.

    Ridley points out the departure of Andre Villas-Boas last week might serve to improve the striker's chances of playing at Tottenham.

    Nonetheless, QPR assistant manager Kevin Bond told Ridley of Redknapp's desire to bring in "another real striker option, one who can score goals and play off someone up front."

    Whether Defoe is a legitimate target for his former manager, or if the England international would even contemplate dropping down a division, remains to be seen.