Transfer news: Andrew Johnson feels Harry Redknapp can tempt Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe to leave the Premier League for QPR and the Championship
Redknapp worked with Defoe at West Ham, Portsmouth and Spurs but Defoe is unlikely to drop down a league in a World Cup year
Monday 05 August 2013
Andrew Johnson is convinced that QPR manager Harry Redknapp can lure Jermain Defoe to the club and believes the former Tottenham boss can persuade him to trade the Premier League for the Championship.
Defoe scored 15 goals for Spurs last season despite being rotated by current manager Andre Villas-Boas with Emanuel Adebayor, but the arrival of Roberto Soldado appears to have consigned the England striker to a place on the bench.
Redknapp has already brought in £4m striker Charlie Austion from Burnley to provide competition with Johnson and Bobby Zamora, but missed out on the signing of Gary Hooper after he chose to head to Norwich instead.
Current striker Loic Remy looks set to join Newcastle on a season-long loan, and it is believed Redknapp is interested in bring the player he signed for Spurs and Portsmouth to Loftus Road, should he be willing to make the unlikely drop down to the Championship in a World Cup year.
But Johnson said on the proposed move: “Why not? He’s worked under Harry before, he’s worked with a lot of the boys before. I worked with him for three or four years at England. He’s a great lad.
“He’s worked with Jermaine Jenas and a few of the old Tottenham boys — there are a lot of people here who could attract him to the club. When I’ve moved, first you look and see who you do and don’t know at clubs. That has an influence on where you choose to go so hopefully Jermain will come.”
Johnson made his return from a long-term knee injury on Saturday with the winning goal against Sheffield Wednesday to give Rangers a winning start to life back in the Championship after their two-year spell in the Premier League.
They also look set to allow midfielder Adel Taarabt leave the club as he is due to have a medical with local rivals Fulham ahead of a season-long loan move.
Latest in Sport
Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala dies from spine injury after doing somersault celebration
How Real Madrid started copying Barcelona's old pass masters, and began reaping the rewards
Angel Di Maria injury: Manchester United sweat over fitness of record signing as he is in danger of missing Chelsea clash
Video: Boxer Vido Loncar brutally assaults referee following defeat
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Champions League match preview
- 1 Renee Zellweger on plastic surgery reports: 'I'm living a fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows'
- 2 Disney announces new female-led film Moana
- 3 Banksy not arrested: Internet duped by fake report claiming artist's identity revealed
- 4 Australian café owner sparks debate after saying 'No' to having unruly children on premises
- 5 Video: Boxer Vido Loncar brutally assaults referee following defeat
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991 with most Brits wanting to stay in'