Newcastle Linked With Spurs’ Jermaine Defoe

The Daily Express have linked both Newcastle and Sunderland with Spurs striker Jermaine Defoe.

Jermaine Defoe – Newcastle interested?

Like many of the good players at Tottenham this season, Jermaine Defoe hasn’t seen many starts, and he may decide in the summer his best option is to play his football elsewhere.

Newcastle have only been linked loosely with Defoe up to this point, but it seems to us he would be a good buy for Newcastle, as long as Tottenham don’t ask a ridiculous amount for him in the transfer market, which they seem to have a habit of doing. That’s because they generally overpay for their players in the first place.

Newcastle and Sunderland are in a similar position with losing their top England strikers in January – Darren Bent left Sunderland for Aston Villa and Andy Carroll left Newcastle for Liverpool, and both teams have been very short up fire power since January.

The 28 year-old Defoe, who was born in Beckton, east London,  started his career at Charlton Athletic in 1997,  before moving to West Ham and Harry Redknapp in 1999.

Defoe then joined Tottenham in 1994 for £7M  and then rejoined Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth for £6M in 2008.

In January of 2009 he again joined Harry Redknapp at Tottenham for a fee reported top be around £16M, and has been at the London club ever since.

The 5’7″ tall player in his two spells at Spurs has 256 appearances and 100 goals, and while at Portsmouth he played 36 games with 17 goals.

In his career he’s always been able to score goals and in 428 total club appearances he’s scored 177 goals, and that’s around 2.4 games per goal – not too bad at all.

Jermaine has so far played 45 times for England with 15 goals, and played 23 times for the England U21 side with 7 goals.

While we think he would be decent buy for Newcastle we would also expect Spurs to try to get their money back on him and would probably want around £16M for the 28 year old, which seems a lot for a player turning 29 in October.

What do you think about Jermaine Defoe coming to Newcastle?

Comments welcome.

44 comments so far

  • tanmag

    May 6, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Personally a last resort and a 8m take it or leave it consideration.

  • nufc.romania

    May 6, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #2

    i will luv it to see him in black and white … hes a top player

  • nufc.romania

    May 6, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #3

    but not more than 10m

  • MonsterMagnet

    May 6, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #4

    If he’s going to be able to stay fit, he will be a great signing. We could do with someone who will slot in 12-15 goals a season for the next few years and Defoe is that sort of player. Obviously we can’t just sign Defoe, and will need a big man to go with him.

  • mattnufc

    May 6, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #5

    Doubt we’ll get him

  • toonfan09

    May 6, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #6

    i wouldnt pay more than 6-7 million he is 28 and he is a lot about pace so as a top striker probably only got one good season left because he wont be as good without it if u watch him his legs have already started to go

  • Stuart

    May 6, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #7

    Yeah agreed like, he’d be a class buy. Proven prem goal scorer unlike players like Gamiero (as much as I’d love to see him in black and white)

    Would not pay £16m for him though, I reckon if we signed him this summer we’d get about 3 years out of him before hes past it.

    Somewhere between £7.5m-£10m would be decent value for money.

  • BonVoyageBenny

    May 6, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #8

    I’d have him for a cut price. No more than 7.5 million.

  • Dude

    May 6, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #9

    think he’s a good player, but only on the cheap. problem might be wages as you probably don’t get many 16m signings paid 30k a week.


    May 6, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Superb player, class finisher, but he won’t come to Newcastle.
    A) We wont pay his wages.
    B) We wont pay the transfer fee
    C) He will have no sell on value so Ashley will not sign him due to his age.
    D) He has ambition…we don’t!

  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 6, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #11

    he is a good player bt his age is the factor since ashley wants young player so by which we can sell them again for a high amount so if we buy defoe and if he wont perform tat well then we wont be able to sell him for a high price

  • dubzy

    May 6, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #12

    got to sign him proven goal scorer in the prem but only for 8mil at least. and play him with a target man upfront……………..wickham !!!!!!!!!!!

  • JBNUFC92

    May 6, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #13

    At 29, I’d shudder at the idea of paying anything more than £5m for him, as decent a buy as he’d be. There are better, cheaper options.


    May 6, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #14

    Yes Yes Yes,
    would do a great job for us – a proven goal scorer. I think he would come here as he would play almost every game. Problem is bulldog Redknapp will want over the odds and after the Carroll dingdong he will sell us nowt. I would be very excited if he did arrive here !!!!!
    Keep the faith

  • gorskino10

    May 6, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #15

    Doesnt score against ANY good teams he only gets his goals against weaker teams, hardly prolific thats why he is a team FULL of playmakers and cannot hold a starting slot.

    We need to build for OUR future but a striker like Andy would will be out figure head for MANY years to come (or) one we can sell on if given a crazy ammont for hi. Defoe isnt that he is a “Has Been” and ISNT our future we will be wasting money on a guy who will only have 1 good season or so left.

    Would prefer someone like Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, Icelandic (used 2 the cold) and would be not to expensive compaired to Defoe and he is 21 we could build him up into the striker we want, we want Excitment and younger players bring that not older ones.

  • gorskino10

    May 6, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #16

    More worried we will waste money on Aaron Lennon who may be sold for around 15 M (get cash for Ashley Young) Lennon is basically a Lil quicker than Routledge but scorers less they are the same kind of player and have the same issue when certain games dont suit them do hardly a week in week out player and i think we are stupid enough to buy him for £15M although for that we could get El Erabi-Kolbeinn Sigthorsson-Anthony Ujah for that.

    I just know Pardew being a terrible manager he would want him as he “May” of acturally heard of him. Hope not.

  • Ezedoesit

    May 6, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #17

    I’d love it! Keep in mind though we’re talking about Spurs here who are notorious for valuing their players at more than they’re worth. I bet if we asked them for Bassong they’d say 8 million! Lol.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 6, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #18

    Agree with gorskino.

    I’d rather get a couple of exciting young strikers who may not be world beaters straight away. Defoe isn’t exciting, or young, and his speed wont last more than a season. That’s why Crouch somehow keps him out of the team.

    What we have to realise, is that Ashley is not putting any of his own money into this club. So anything we spent comes directly out of our club. And I’d rather not waste money on has beens.

  • sweendog

    May 6, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #19

    No No No .. not what we need .. not only will we be charged over the odds but we need a striker who can hold the ball up and pass .. not a striker that either just shoot(he is good at that) and nothing else..

  • ToonDownSouth

    May 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #20

    But gorskino, if you think we’ll spend £15million on one player, you’re very much mistaken haha!

    Carr and his team are scouting Europe… don’t assume we’re only going to buy players Pardew has heard of. I actually think Pardew will have less input than Carr…

  • jarnytoon

    May 6, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #21

    proven premier league forward…..nuff said. 7 mill and we snap him up :)…..kranjcar and bassong too 🙂


    May 6, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #22

    Half the comments on here are more concerned about money/wages etc…Ashley has indeed transformed most fans into accountants rather than simply wanting to see the best players in a black shirt (well it’s barely black and white anymore).

  • nightfa11

    May 6, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #23

    oh HELL NO.. another poser..whos looks is way more important to him then his game…

    next please!

  • GeordieRob

    May 6, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #24

    I’m pretty sure Michael Owen transformed most fans into accountants…

    Sure let’s pay heaps of money for broken down old hacks…

  • Rotonda heights

    May 6, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #25

    I hope to god Carr has more input than Pardew, otherwise it’s C.Cole, Reo-Coker and Konchesky and other journeymen.

    the ones linked we can obviously forget about Gameiro, Gervinho etc, but Sigthorsson, Matuidi wouldn’t break the bank. Good young quality players is our only hope, no more has-beens, it’s bad enough having a sh…e manager.

  • Davies

    May 6, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #26

    I’d take him for £7.5m, but no more, and I doubt whether he’d be happy with the wage cap round these her parts.

  • geoff777

    May 6, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #27

    @Rotonda Heights

    I agree with the Cole, Rio-Coker & Konchesky worry.
    Desperation at the end of the window or in part exchange, I can see at least one of these players coming in.

    Defoe may be too old. At 28 with a four year deal he’s going to have little or no resale value.

    So whatever the fee is its money the club is unlikely to get back.

    I’d be much happier to see a couple of fast, hungry 21-23 years old with real promise & potential.
    5 year deals for both.

  • Ghali

    May 6, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #28

    good player, too expansive,i would prefer someone younger who wants to prove himself.

  • ToonDownSouth

    May 6, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #29

    ASTORIA, it’s not the fans that don’t WANT to splash out, we just know that our owner wont.

    Stop mistaking realism for lack of ambition and dreams.

    We all dream of playing lke Barcelona and having the KK & SBR days back, but it’s not going to happen under this owner.


    May 6, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #30

    Geordie Rob, Defoe is hardly a broken down old hack. He is an England international with an outstanding scoring record at all levels.

    Toon Down South…I appreciate your comments and I do not mistake genuine fans dreams, I have them too. Lots of people on here now put the clubs finances and wages, players ages etc before ambition…dare I say they have been brainwashed. For evidence of this, just see Geordie Robs reply to me, slating Defoe as an old hack!!!

  • Irie-Magpie

    May 6, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #31

    Dofoe would no doubt be good for us, real talismatic striker, he’s speedy and skilfull something that our current strikers lack if we can get him great.

  • loughy

    May 6, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #32

    yes please would be a brilliant aquisition for the toon. he is quick skillfull and defo bangs them in the back of the net. he would change the front line totally we could do with his technical abilities up there instead of watch shola sleeping on his feet

  • Paul P

    May 6, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #33

    i dont think he is an old hack. to what we have now and to what we have been linked with today (carlton cole), i would take defoe tomorrow. In my opinion, if pardew is wanting to breath fresh air, inject more pace into the team, then you look at daniel sturridge, gabriel agbonlahor, both with the right sort of balls will score goals for you. we need someone else apart from ben arfa to create chances for him, would love coutiniho from inter milan, not a regular for them but tore tottenham to shreads at the san siro 1st half.

  • Brutooon

    May 6, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #34

    Defoe same age like ameobi but he got a succesful story

    Yes for Defoe !!!

  • tweaked

    May 6, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #35

    not more than 6mil would rather look at other options first

  • davybtoon

    May 6, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #36

    so we get spurs cast off while they go n buy someone better, we shud b after the player they want to replace defoe


    May 6, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #37

    depends on price.

    but i LITERALLY just had a dream bout nufc replacing loven with defoe O_o

  • gorskino10

    May 6, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #38


    I hope not but saw an Article saying after latest bustup Lennon will leave and Spurs have set £15M and knowing Pardwho he is stupid enough to want Aaron that much over many better and cheaper options.

    Agree, its not all about excitment but we want to find a striker who scores and being ABLE to have him for MANY years if the player is around 20/21/22
    Defoe can score and has proven this but, he CANNOT against big teams and is nearly 30, at this age if he isnt a freebie then its stupid when at that price you could get many younger striker or even proven scorers like Seydou Doumbia etc.. or cheaper options like Anthony Ujah (Lillestrom) 19 goals in 28 last season and this season 7 goals in 5 games, Nigerian and 20 years of age, would be cheap wages and would join us as Lillestrom are 7th even with the leading 2 scorers,his midfielder partner who also Nigerian and 20 and also amazing has 5 goals.

    Sorry to Defoe and Lennon and Cole we just dont want them. We can find a player at quater of those prices who are better now and miles younger seems the obvious choice.

    Bit worried we have been linked with many good young players Van Wolfwinkel/Gamiero/Gervinho/Tabanou/M’Beague etc.. all under 25 i believe but then we have also been linked with the other end of the spectrum, average,old players like Defoe/Cole etc..

  • SeanNufc87

    May 6, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #39

    I think JD would be good for us but i can see Harry wanting no less than 12 mil for the guy and i ask, is he worth that much when the likes of ellemander can be got on a free? not to mention the massive choice of talent from abroad that tend to be cheaper. The real question is can we afford to pay 12 or above for a player that ultimately a year or so from now will have peaked and will begin the natural decline that all strikers go through.

  • SeanNufc87

    May 6, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #40


    A goal scoring record in the dutch or french league means little in the premier league, its been proved hundreds of times over, its like the step up from the championship for a lot of players.


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