QPR manager Harry Redknapp has confirmed that his English Premier League side are interested in signing Jermain Defoe in the January transfer window.
The confirmation is the first of its kind, and once and for all proves that the London-based club are well and truly set on bringing Jermain Defoe back from Toronto FC and into the EPL for yet another stint with manager Harry Redknapp.
Defoe has played for Redknapp at West Ham, Tottenham and Portsmouth during his career, and it is looking extremely likely that the striker is set for another stint with Harry after the QPR manager's latest comments on Thursday.
Speaking to the media ahead of QPR's EPL clash with Manchester City on Saturday, Redknapp opened up on his desire to secure the services of the MLS star.
“He’s a player we’d be interested in but it depends on the expense of the deal,” Redknapp told the Guardian. “Nothing is anywhere near being concluded. We tried to get him before the deadline but I don’t think there’s been any movement on that one.
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“I’m a big fan of Jermain’s – I’ve signed him enough times. He’s a goalscorer and a player you’d obviously like at your club if possible, but the figures would have to be right. I haven’t spoken to the chairman about it yet. We’ll see. I know what we need.”
Time to decide
The England international striker has quite a dilemma on his hands in the next couple of months on whether he wants to return to England.
There have been a plethora of reports suggesting that he wants to return in the New Year, reports which forced Toronto FC President Tim Leiweke to make an ultimatum to Defoe on his future.
Speaking this week, Leiweke explained, "Jermain needs to decide if he wants to be here. If he does, then I think he’s one of the great strikers in MLS. If he does not, then that situation is ours to ultimately decide — not his — because we own his contract."
Won't be cheap
QPR's hope will be that they can secure Defoe on the cheap, but that is certainly not something that President Leiweke will entertain, with Toronto FC definitely holding all of the chips in this battle.
"We’re not going to give him away. And so we’re in a good spot. The one thing I can promise our fans — one way or another, this will end well for TFC. I guarantee it.”