Newcastle United are being linked with a move for Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe.

The England international is the latest name in the frame for a potential St James' Park switch, with Alan Pardew courting a handful of players in the position as the Magpies look to strengthen.

Mevlut Erdinc is thought to be the club's top target in the transfer window, but The Sun claims that if Newcastle United fail to secure the Turk's signature, their attentions will turn to £10 million-rated Defoe.

The former West Ham striker's future remains uncertain at Spurs, and with Harry Redknapp looking to make attacking changes at White Hart Lane, Defoe could be one of those to move from north London.

Pardew remains keen to land a forward following the departure of Andy Carroll in January, and he admits he's confident a player in the position will move to Newcastle United before the window shuts.

"I’m not going to use the word "promise", it is a dangerous word. However, I am confident we will get a striker in," said the Toon boss.


"Plenty of fans have come out to see us and mentioned on more than one occasion to me, "Where’s the striker?" It is not something that is far from my mind."

The Newcastle boss has money at his disposal following the Carroll sale, with much of the £35 million thought to be available for player additions.

Demba Ba has already been drafted in by Newcastle, whilst Peer Crouch is another player to be linked with a move to Tyneside.

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