Are Newcastle Interested In England Striker?

Jermaine Defoe told everybody yesterday, that while he was loyal to Spurs, he wouldn’t want to spend another season on the bench at While Hart Lane.

Jermaine Defoe – Newcastle interested?

Defoe has had a surprisingly large  number of games on the bench this season, and he’s one of those players who just wants to play games, and if he doesn’t get the games,  then he’s not too happy.

This season Jermaine has appeared 29 times for Spurs and has 9 goals, but a lot of those appearances were as a sub.

That’s unlike a player like Michael Owen , who seems happy enough to pick up his wages and medals by being on the bench at top club Manchester United.

Michael has conveniently made 10 short sub appearances in the Premier League this season, and will therefore qualify for a Premier League medal this season, surely his last at Old Trafford.

Michael would be well advised to join a mid-table PL side this summer, and get regular starts, since he can still score those goals, but he cannot do that when he’s sitting on the bench at Old Trafford.

Michael has appeared just 16 times for Manchester United all season with 4 goals.

But for some players that just doesn’t do it, and Jermaine Defoe wants to play and score those goals, and at least in that way he’s unlike Owen.

So with Newcastle interested in any top class striker this summer, it was only a matter of time before they were linked with Jermaine potentially arriving at Newcastle this summer.

Defoe has had two separate spells at Tottenham in his career, and the last time he moved there form Portsmouth was in January of 2009, when  he cost around £16M, so presumably Spurs would want their money back on the player.

There will be other top clubs after Jermaine Defoe, including perhaps north London rivals Arsenal, but any link with him going north to Glasgow to play at Celtic or Rangers is way off the mark, since those clubs just haven’t got that sort of money these days.

We think Jermaine is probably a bit old for Newcastle at 28, and his value on Tyneside will hardly increase, but he would be more than a decent buy, and surely Jermaine would be able to get the goals on Tyneside, with regular first team action.

Jermaine has always been able to score wherever he’s played – at Bournemouth, West Ham, Portsmouth and Tottenham – and in 431 club games in his career he’s scored 178 goals.

The Beckton-born striker has currently 46 caps for England and 15 goals.

Let’s know if you think Jermaine would be a good buy for Newcastle, at around £15M.

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • toonfan09

    May 20, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #1

    this is a non starter for me we all know ashleys plan so i dont no why were being linked with players who are at the end of their career

  • Brutooon

    May 20, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #2

    I got a mixed feeling about this but if he come below 3 million + average wages then should be ok.

  • The Entertainers

    May 20, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #3

    Cant see us going for him at his age and price.
    Im quite thankful too, yeah im sure he’d score goals but dont particularly want him here myself, would prefer much to some fans annoyance a bigger striker!

  • GeordieRob

    May 20, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #4

    “… at around 15m”.

    Hell no.

  • alex84

    May 20, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #5

    wouldnt be unhappy if we got him at the right price and and right wages, but can’t see that happening.

  • Stuart

    May 20, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #6

    Haha, thats way off the mark Brutooon. We’d be lucky to get him for around £12m with Dirty ‘Arry in charge.

    Plus he’s probably on at least £80k a week at spurs, something we won’t match.

    Its another non-starter this one like.

  • jwheelie12

    May 20, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #7

    Absolutely not, £6 million tops. He’ll be 29 in October, he’s a striker that rely’s on his pace, that could easily go at 31, 32 and he’ll be half the player

  • alex84

    May 20, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #8

    whats the possibility of us going in for the leroy fer and wijnaldum?
    i think they would be great young signings

  • davybtoon

    May 20, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #9

    what so we get spurs cast offs while they go buy someone better no thanks lets go after the strikers there wanting to replace defoe n pav

  • Stuart

    May 20, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #10

    Alex84, I’d take both of them in a heartbeat like. Not sure how much it would set us back though.

  • listie

    May 20, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #11

    I see Bassong has come out and said he wants to leave spuds as well, I did like his quote, “i’ve gone from heaven to hell”

  • GeordieRob

    May 20, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #12

    I’d take both too Alex84 as long as they were the right price.

  • veto

    May 20, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #13

    no thanks , better value out there

  • davybtoon

    May 20, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #14

    we nearly had leroy fer but cudnt agree wages so got tiote instead.
    we shud defo look at real madrid for players theyve already signed sarin, callejon, altintop n they want neymar n falcao
    cud royston drenthe who is class or gago, pedro leon, or garay or albiol at cb

  • davybtoon

    May 20, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #15

    id take both bassong n zog back pards n players hav to put them straight from the start that this a tight nit group n no one upsets it

  • Toon Sweden77

    May 20, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #16

    15 mil is to much for him.

    And we can also write Elmander of the list as he has signed for Galatasaray.

  • Stuart

    May 20, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #17

    Toon Sweden77, thank god for that! Didnt want Elmander here taking the place of one of our young strikers.

    We need 1 or 2 class strikers brought in, we’ve already got enough average ones.

  • G

    May 20, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #18

    I would take Defoe, but I can’t see an extravagant fee being paid for him either. Somebody suggested above that he relies on pace, which I feel is a bit harsh, as he most certainly doesn’t, I’ve seen him stop and turn at a snails pace and still manage to trick his way past defenders. He’s certainly more than a one trick pony, and he deffo knows where the back of the net is. He hasn’t had a great season, which makes me think that there is potential for a loan deal here?

  • roshan MAGPIE

    May 20, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #19

    WOULD like sturridge better than defoe for tat sort of money

  • alex84

    May 20, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #20

    yeah i think wijnaldum would be unreal,
    thinking about it sturridge is the striker id love to see here,
    him and ben arfa would be devastating!

  • pie man

    May 20, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #21

    I think people are falling into ashleys “ideal” transfer policy of buying young “potential” players! After all this serves to line his pockets when they get sold on rather than to benefit Nufc!BOlsters like big les ferdinand were 29 when we signed him so What about just buying some quality players.???!!


    May 20, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #22

    Bulldog face Redknapp will want top dollar -much prefer we chase Krancjar,

  • Robby Bobson

    May 20, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #23

    Would love him here..great finisher. But spurs will and rightly so use darren bents fee as a benchmark so its a defo non starter imo

  • geoff777

    May 20, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #24

    Wrong age.

    With a 4 year contract and he’s 32 and has no resale value, so any transfer fee paid is money that can’t be recovered.

    Free transfers only above 24-25 years old …

  • Lachu

    May 20, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #25

    Chamakh would not be bad @ 6m

  • smithy434

    May 20, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #26

    Go all out for sturridge 12mil tops, n’zogbia 10mil tops and another striker that can score goals such as Ba 5mil or preferably Sow for 10 mil, maybe a solid centre back such as bassong or kyriakos 6mil, i think that will give us great depth in the squad of course if Enrique goes then a left back should be brought in insted of a centre back

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 20, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #27

    I would not mind the move if it were for 10M or less but no more.

    I think we could get him in for 7 or 8M with an appearance clause.

    I have always rated this player and scores goals for fun. Really consistent in front of goal as his record speaks for itself.

    He is exactly what we need, a very good player, consistent, quick, right mentality and an experienced Premiership player.

    I would have signed him ages ago but more than 10M is too much.


    May 20, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #28

    Good player! Two sorts of Hope! Bob and No!!


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