Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe could be facing a departure from the club due to fears that the club are trying to force both he and Emmanuel Adebayor out of White Hart Lane.
Spurs attempted to offload the pair in the summer in the wake of their flurry of signings – seven in all – but neither were willing to leave at the time.
But Defoe, has seen Roberto Soldado take his place in the starting line-up, is yet to extend his contract beyond its current expiration date of summer 2015, and the club appear likely to stall further on extension talks.
It’s believed that Andre Villas-Boas will attempt to bring in another striker in January providing he can move on Defoe and Adebayor with speculation increasing about potential destinations.
Defoe was linked with a number of clubs in the summer before choosing to remain with the Lilywhites and fight for his place, but he has started just a single Premier League game this season – the 3-0 defeat at the hands of West Ham.
However, Defoe has been at his threatening best in Spurs’ cup campaigns, netting eight goals in both the Capital One Cup and the Europa League which sees him clear as the club’s top goalscorers so far this season.
The worry for Defoe though is a lack of first team football could have a major impact on his inclusion in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad, with Daniel Sturridge, Wayne Rooney, Rickie Lambert and Danny Welbeck currently above the 31-year-old in the Three Lions’ pecking order.
One club Defoe was linked with a move to was Queens Park Rangers, with Defoe’s former manager Harry Redknapp admitting he would love to bring the striker to Loftus Road.
It was Adebayor though who was in the stands during QPR’s draw with Wigan on Wednesday night, looking on alongside Kenwyne Jones fuelling talk of a January move.
Former Spurs and QPR defender Ryan Nelson, now in charge at Toronto FC, has expressed a way out for Defoe in bringing him to the MLS, although that could also affect his chances of travelling to Brazil next summer as Hodgson would be unlikely to see him play regularly.
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