Redknapp can convince Defoe to leave Tottenham for QPR, says Johnson

Queens Park Rangers striker Andy Johnson believes the club’s manager, Harry Redknapp, could convince Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe to drop out of the Premier League and into the Championship, the Daily Mirror has reported.

QPR were linked with a move for Defoe over the weekend as Redknapp plots a return to the top flight at the first time of asking – and the R’s got off to a good start, beating Sheffield Wednesday in the division’s opening round of fixtures, with Johnson scoring to put QPR level after the Owls took the lead.

Johnson believes the Redknapp factor could be decisive if Defoe chooses to move to Loftus Road. “We don’t need to speak how big the club is, the club’s massive. It’s got massive backing, the chairman’s been fantastic, it’ll be great to give him something back,” Johnson said.

Jermain has worked under Harry before, he’s worked with a lot of the boys before,” he added. “I worked with him for three or four years at England. He’s a great lad. He’s worked with Jermaine Jenas and few of the old Tottenham boys and there are a lot of people here who could attract him to the club.

I think when I’ve moved to clubs first you look and see who you do and don’t know at clubs. I think that has an influence on where you choose to go in the end, so fingers crossed and hopefully Jermain will come.

The win over Wednesday came in Johnson’s first appearance for almost a year after a cruciate ligament injury last September – and the goal was the former Everton striker’s first since November 2011. Defoe, meanwhile, was substituted as a precaution during Spurs’ friendly defeat against Monaco, and played under Redknapp at both Tottenham and Portsmouth.

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