Tottenham star wanted by Stoke City

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Stoke City want to sign Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe, according to the Daily Mirror.

New Stoke boss Mark Hughes wants to pair Defoe with former team-mate Peter Crouch.

Crouch and Defoe have played together at Spurs, Portsmouth and with England in a 'little-and-large' partnership.

Defoe could leave Spurs this transfer window despite signing a new three-year contract only last summer. The Spurs striker could be made surplus to requirements if the London club are successful in recruiting new forwards.

Andre Villas-Boas's side have been linked with David Villa, Roberto Soldado, Christan Benteke and Pablo Osvaldo.

Also, with the 2014 World Cup on the horizon, Defoe needs to be playing first-team football to make the England squad. Defoe has made 54 appearances for England, netting 19 goals.

The England striker is currently in his second spell at Spurs. Defoe re-joined Spurs in January 2009 for a fee of around £15m. He has since gone on to score 69 goals in 164 appearances.

Defoe developed his game last season under the tutelage of new Spurs manager Villas-Boas. He now has the ability to lead the line on his own, in spite of his small size. The England striker has improved his link-up play and his strength on the ball.

Stoke would face competition to land Defoe. His former club West Ham are said to hold and interest in the striker and want to pair him with new signing Andy Carroll.

The England striker is rated at £6m and would be a real coup for any Premier League club.


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