Former England international Jermain Defoe has revealed that he is back in the UK today, taking to social media in a move that suggests he is keen to secure a return to the Premier League during the January transfer window.
Linked with a host of EPL sides in recent months after his relationship with current employers, Toronto FC, turned sour at the back end of 2014 Defoe appears to be near the top of several team's lists as they bid to boost their striking options before January 31st.
The likes of Leicester City, Hull City, Queens Park Rangers and, most recently, Liverpool are believed to have been in touch with Toronto about a potential deal and fans of those clubs will be especially interested by the striker's tweet today.
With MLS currently between seasons the former Tottenham, West Ham, and Portsmouth man has been in the south of France working on his fitness in recent days. Now though Defoe's plans for an EPL return have clearly reached the next stage.
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Defoe will be hoping his message of readiness will help to appease anyone who may be concerned that he no longer has what it takes to perform in his native England. With 124 Premier League goals to his name during his career so far the diminutive striker certainly has bags of experience in the top division and would be an asset for any of those teams in the running for his signature.
While Leicester, Hull and QPR are eager to acquire his services in a bid to help preserve their Premier League status, the interest of Liverpool will surely be of most interest to Defoe.
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With the Anfield club having struggled up top so far this season - the Balotelli experiment a failure to date, and Daniel Sturridge still on the treatment table - a move for Defoe would give Brendan Rodgers much needed options.
But whilst Jermain Defoe may well be "#Ready" for his next challenge away from Toronto, he may have to wait a few more weeks until he can begin anew. Liverpool's interest is believed to be on a short-term loan basis (as with QPR), putting them at odds with the MLS franchise who are seeking around £6 million to let go of the striker permanently.