Spurs ready to offload striker with Besiktas interested

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Turkish club Besiktas will attempt to sign Jermain Defoe after failing to lure his Tottenham team-mate Emmanuel Adebayor, reports the Daily Mail.

The 29-year-old was thought to be on his way to QPR with former manager Harry Redknapp showing an interest in the England international.

Redknapp has already signed Defoe twice in his career bringing him to Portsmouth from Tottenham before re-signing him after taking the hot seat at White Hart Lane.

However, Besiktas, who are managed by former West Ham boss Slaven Bilic, are confident of tempting Defoe eastwards with a £3m-per-year pay packet.

Defoe looks to be on his way out of Tottenham after Andre Villas-Boas splashed out £26m on Roberto Soldado.

The Englishman maintained a good scoring record last season despite suffering from AVB's famous rotation system, scoring 15 goals.

Despite interest from Turkey, current QPR striker Andy Johnson is hopeful Defore will join him in west London.

He told The Independent: “Why not? He’s worked under Harry before, he’s worked with a lot of the boys before. I worked with him for three or four years at England. He’s a great lad.

“He’s worked with Jermaine Jenas and a few of the old Tottenham boys — there are a lot of people here who could attract him to the club. 

"When I’ve moved, first you look and see who you do and don’t know at clubs. That has an influence on where you choose to go so hopefully Jermain will come.”


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