Newcastle have been linked with Jermaine Defoe a number of times in the past, including last summer, but if the news is correct today, then Newcastle are in for the striker who will turn 32 next month.
Jermaine Defoe – in England colors
Defoe is going to be leaving Toronto FC after only five months on board, and it comes with the sacking of former Blackburn defender Ryan Nelson at the Canadian club.
Toronto’s General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko has confirmed the club have received an offer for the striker from an undisclosed club – and the reports are that it could be QPR or Newcastle.
We can understand why Harry Redknapp would want Defoe at QPR, after he worked under him at West Ham Portsmouth and Tottenham – when Harry was manager there – and they have just lost Loic Remy to Chelsea yesterday.
But it could show Newcastle’s desperation to get in a proven Premier League goalscorer, that the Magpies may be the club in for the 5′ 6¨ striker.
Jermaine has lost none of his goalscoring abilities while in the MLS, and the 55 times capped England International (19 goals) has scored 15 goals in 16 league games for Toronto.
This is what Bezbatchenko said:
“We have received an offer and have discussed it internally. When you have scored as many goals as he has, and have the reputation and background that he has, then it’s not uncommon to receive these offers.¨
“We have received multiple offers before, and in the course of this year, so I want to confirm that we are in talks.¨
We suppose if nobody else is available then Defoe would be better than nothing and he can score goals and could score foals for Newcastle this season.
But if Harry Redknapp is back in for him, you have to think moving back to London would be a better option for Jermaine than moving to the north-east and Newcastle.
That’s always assuming that Newcastle are in for him – but there aren’t a lot of other strikers available on this final day of the transfer window either, and he could probably do a job for us for a couple of years.
And when you think of the chances we have created this season in our first four games, a natural goalscorer like Jermaine could have put a few of them away – for sure.
But we would still be very surprised if he ends up at Newcastle today, with news that both Arsenal and Aston Villa are supposedly interested in the striker.
What do you think?
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