Rumours have surfaced recently that Jermain Defoe could be on his way back to English soccer after a five-month spell in the MLS.
The Queens Park Rangers have been linked to Defoe. Harry Redknapp is a keen admirer of the 31-year-old, and has signed him twice in his managerial career at Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur. Defoe left Spurs after five years with the London club, and netted an impressive 91 goals for Tottenham in his two spells at the club. He has scored a total of 214 goals in England, and 12 so far in his time with Toronto FC.
Defoe signed with Toronto in the January transfer window on a four-year deal. He has impressed in his time with Toronto, but has only played 17 times in Canada. The recent sacking of Ryan Nelsen seems to have triggered Defoe’s desire to come back to England, and the news would have put many Premier League clubs on red alert for his signature. Toronto’s GM Tim Bezbatchenko will be keen to keep the prolific goal-scorer and won’t let him leave without a fight.
Defoe came through the youth systems first at Charlton Athletic, then West Ham United, before earning his professional debut for West Ham under Redknapp. After five successful years with the Hammers, he moved to Spurs for his first stint at the club before being snapped up by Redknapp at Portsmouth.
If Defoe does return to England, QPR seems like the most likely place. Redknapp is obviously a huge admirer of Defoe, and at the age of 31, he still has many years left at the top level. Capturing Defoe could play a huge role in Redknapp and QPR’s survival hopes, and the Premier League would welcome him back.