QPR striker Jay Bothroyd is backing the club's bid to sign Tottenham and England forward Jermain Defoe reports talkSPORT.

Hoops boss Neil Warnock has made a new striker a priority signing in the January transfer window, to help ease the burden on the former Cardiff man.

Having netted just ten goals in eleven games since their return to the Barclays Premier League, the Loftus Road club are keen to strengthen their attacking options, and Defoe has emerged as their primary target.

The 29-year-old has struggled for regular action at White Hart Lane this season, primarily down to the fine form of fellow strikers Rafa Van der Vaart and Emmanuel Adebayor - form that has seen Defoe fall down Spurs boss Harry Redknapp's pecking order.

"There's been talk of Jermain Defoe," Bothroyd said. "He's a world class striker and a proven goalscorer in the Premiership. He'd be welcome.

"I played with him when I was younger, at under-15 level, and he's a different sort of player to me. Of course I'd like to link up with him but it's hypothetical at the moment.

"I haven't spoken to him about coming here yet. But I'll leave that to the manager - he's pretty good at persuading people."

Defoe has made his desire for regular first-team action clear, in a bid to make the plane with Fabio Capello's England squad for this summer's European Championships.

If he is going to be restricted to the Spurs bench, then Defoe will be open to leaving Tottenham in January.

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