It seems that Jermain Defoe’s future at Toronto FC is uncertain at best, and on the last day of the transfer window QPR made a big bid for him, but his club in Canada turned it down.
Jermaine Defoe at Toronto
The Express has reported that at least two London clubs, West Ham and QPR, are interested in signing the former England International striker, who has always been able to score goals in the Premier League.
On deadline day a bid from QPR was said to be as much as £10M, and it seems that QPR have still not learned about overpaying for their players, and if they are willing to pay that amount for a player who turned 32 a few days ago – so be it.
Newcastle’s policy has always been to bring in younger players, who can improve on Tyneside, and we very rarely bring in older players for the short-term.
But older players are also more experienced, and that’s one thing we are missing in the team today – experience in the Premier League.
Surely Newcastle could modify their transfer policy to include bringing in older more experienced players when the need arises.
The younger players we bring in are nearly always more expensive when they leave Newcastle, and therefore we make a decent profit on them, and from a financial viewpoint that’s good, but football isn’t all about money.
That’s one thing Mike Ashley doesn’t seem to understand.
The Newcastle team needs more experience, and as we are seeing today – only Jack Colback has any experience of the Premier League of the players we brought in over the summer.
And it shouldn’t be too much surprise that Jack has been the best performing player of the new arrivals so far this season.
Toronto are currently out of the playoff places in the MLS after beating Chivas USA 3-0 on Sunday, but they lost 1-0 to Houston Dynamo on Wednesday night.
Defoe is still out injured but some PL clubs could soon be after him – and for a proven goalscorer, maybe he would be a decent acquisition for Newcastle – but certainly not for anywhere near £10M – but maybe we could get a loan deal for the player in January?
It’s time to tweak Newcastle’s transfer policy, and we need some striker(s) who can score goals for us coming through the door in January.
Jermain Defoe on loan would be a decent acquisition for Newcastle as a short-term measure.
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