Jermain Defoe’s future is looking further and further away from Toronto FC and Major League Soccer after Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp confirmed his interest in the prolific striker.
Defoe made the move to Toronto less than a year ago and despite such a promising start, injuries prevented the Englishman from maintaining his solid form with the Reds.
The former Spurs forward turns 33 on Friday and although he has remained quiet about where his future lies, Harry Redknapp has admitted that he wants to work with Defoe for the third time.
“He’s a player we’d be interested in but it depends on the expense of the deal,” Redknapp said. “Nothing is anywhere near being concluded. We tried to get him before the deadline but I don’t think there’s been any movement on that one.
“I’m a big fan of Jermain’s – I’ve signed him enough times. He’s a goalscorer and a player you’d obviously like at your club if possible, but the figures would have to be right. I haven’t spoken to the chairman about it yet. We’ll see. I know what we need.”
The latest on the ongoing story will not help ease Toronto fan’s fears that their star may be on the way out almost as soon as he arrived, but Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment boss Tim Leiweke has assured Reds fans that they are in control of the situation.
“Jermain needs to decide if he wants to be here. If he does, then I think he’s one of the great strikers in MLS. If he does not, then that situation is ours to ultimately decide, not his, because we own his contract. We’re not going to give him away. And so we’re in a good spot.
“The one thing I can promise our fans – one way or another, this will end well for TFC. (I) guarantee it,” Leiweke said.
Defoe led the team in goals with 11 in his debut season in MLS but he looks increasingly likely to make the switch back to England to help QPR with their Premier League survival battle.
He has not made the England team since moving to Canada, and a return to his homeland will surely improve his chances of gaining Roy Hodgson’s recognition once again.
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