Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has urged Arsene Wenger to sign Jermain Defoe this summer.

The Tottenham Hotspur hitman would be following in the footsteps of some famous names should he cross the great north London divide, but Parlour believes the England international is just the sort of player the Gunners require.

“They do need a striker. Marouane Chamakh found it difficult [last season]. He did well in the early parts of the season but went off the boil a bit," Parlour told talkSPORT.

“They should get someone who’s a little bit different, who can score a goal, like an Ian Wright. Jermain Defoe would be a good signing for me. Tottenham Hotspur fans won’t like it but that’s how it goes these days. I was there when Sol Campbell signed and he was a great player for Arsenal.”

Defoe hinted in May that he was unhappy with a lack of playing time at White Hart Lane, leading to speculation that the forward could leave Spurs this summer.

The Daily Star reported a fortnight ago that Arsene Wenger was considering a move for the player, and Parlour has now waded into the debate by suggesting Arsenal should make a move to try and bring Defoe to the Emirates.


“If Arsenal get their top side out they are a very good side, there’s no doubting that," Parlour continued.

"But if a couple of them get injured, have they got enough back-up? Players like Bendtner and Denilson, can they come in and do a sound job? Last season they had their chances but I don’t think they did.

"That’s what he’s got to look at. He’s got to look at trying to build a squad that, if he does have some suspensions or injuries which you don’t expect, then you can deal with it.”

Harry Redknapp has admitted that he will have to sell players to spend at Spurs this summer, and Defoe could be one of the players potentially making way to raise funds for transfers.

However, a sale to arch-rivals Arsenal would not go down well with the fans, and Redknapp is unlikely to want to strengthen the club's competition for a top four place.

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