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Defoe reveals Spurs motivation

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Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has credited Harry Redknapp and the club's fans as the key reasons for his return to White Hart Lane from Portsmouth.

Defoe, 26, has completed his £15million move back to Spurs, who he left just under a year ago, and goes into the squad for the Barclays Premier League clash at Wigan on Sunday.

"It feels crazy," he said. "Since I left I've been getting texts and everywhere I go I bump into Spurs fans - it's just great to be back."

He added: "The fans were probably the main factor. I spoke to my cousin and he said 'the fans love you there'. For me it is a strange feeling.

"When you get that many fans who appreciate what you do, it's hard to find words how I feel about it.

"I want to start afresh, like it's the first time, and hopefully score a lot of goals."

It is the third club at which manager Redknapp will work with Defoe, after overseeing his development at West Ham and then signing him for Pompey last season.

"It's brilliant," Defoe added on Spurs TV Online. "I was with Harry when I was age 15 at West Ham.

"He was one of the main reasons why I went to Portsmouth. When he left people started to speculate that I would come back.

"It is part of the reason why I came because he is a fantastic manager and a fantastic man."

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