Defoe fears being forced out of Tottenham after contract delay

Jermain Defoe is worried he will be forced out of Tottenham Hotspur in the January transfer window, the Daily Mail has reported, due to a combination of the delay in extending his contract and Andre Villas-Boas’ desire to sign a new striker.

Defoe was offered around interested parties in the summer but eventually remained at White Hart Lane and is approaching the point when the club would usually look to extend his contract. The forward has 18 months to go on his current deal and Spurs have in recent weeks handed fresh terms to Andros Townsend and Kyle Walker, but Defoe is still waiting on talks to begin.

It is felt by Defoe that the lack of an approach from Tottenham is a sign that he is no longer wanted, particularly with the winter transfer window opening in two months’ time. Defoe is no longer the club’s first choice striker after the summer arrival of Roberto Soldado and could be advised to leave the club should Villas-Boas identify his next signing.

Defoe is nevertheless Tottenham’s top scorer so far this season, scoring eight goals in 13 appearances, having appeared by and large in cup competitions and the Europa League. But the 31-year-old has started only once in the Premier League this season and a continued lack of playing time could see him miss out on Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the World Cup.

The former West Ham and Portsmouth striker is in his second spell at Tottenham. He originally moved to the club from the Hammers in February 2004 and remained with Spurs until January 2008 when he switched to Pompey. A year on the south coast followed before returning to north London. Defoe has a total of 141 goals for the club in 348 games.

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