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?