On 19 September, Defoe scored twice in a 3-0 victory against Tromso in the Europa League group stages taking his tally in Europe to within two goals of record holder, Martin Chivers.And that's why QPR were reportedly interested in buying him in the summer transfer window.
But the 31-year old Englishman seems to have fallen out of favour at Spurs.The new Spanish striker-Roberto Soldado looks to have cemented his place in the Spurs line-up since arriving in January from Spanish club Valencia.
Championship side Queens Park Rangers are tracing the progress of the forward,closely followed by Spurs' local rivals West Ham United.Both clubs,especially QPR, came close to signing him but the move never actually materialized into something of a big signing for both clubs.
According to reports from The Times, Spurs have put a price tag of £6.5m on Defoe, having received interest from London rival clubs in the striker.
West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers are trying to take advantage of Defoe’s situation – the striker desperately in search of regular game time at White Hart Lane, which would increase his chance of being selected by England for the 2014 World Cup this summer.
At 31, he feels he still has something to offer to his nation and wants to reignite his international career. He needs to play regularly, something which he is not getting at Spurs this season, due to the arrival of the Spanish striker.
In fact,Spurs did get some offers for Defoe this summer,but due to the fact that they couldn't find a replacement, his move to other clubs was blocked. Emanuel Adebayor has a similar case at White Hart Lane and both of them may well force a move away from the London club,once the winter transfer window opens.
The Englishman has recorded a tally of 19 goals in 55 matches,playing for England and a total of 219 goals in 528 appearances,playing for West Ham,Portsmouth ,Bournemouth and Spurs.
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