QPR manager Redknapp hoping to reunite with Tottenham’s Defoe

Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp has made contact with his former club Tottenham Hotspur to enquire about the possibility of signing striker Jermain Defoe, who has been linked with a move away this summer, according to Sky Sports.

Defoe has played under Redknapp three times, at West Ham United between 1999 and 2001, at Portsmouth in 2008, and at Tottenham between 2009 and 2012, when Redknapp left White Hart Lane. Signing the 30-year-old would be a coup for QPR with Defoe still a regular for a club fighting for Champions League football, and very much part of the England fold.

Redknapp told the London Evening Standard: “I’d love to have Jermain. We made an enquiry but at the moment he’s not available. We’re nowhere near anything. There is a small chance of it happening.

Despite just missing out on Celtic striker Gary Hooper, who joined Norwich City, QPR recently signed Burnley striker Charlie Austin to add to their attacking options, who also include Junior Hoilett, Andrew Johnson, and Bobby Zamora, all of whom have considerable Premier League experience.

After vying with Emmanuel Adebayor to be the loan striker at Spurs last season, Defoe’s future has been called into question during the club’s chase for a new forward this summer, which resulted in the signing of Valencia’s Roberto Soldado for a club record £26m.

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