White Hart Lane star snubs St jame’s Park switch.
Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe will reject any move to Newcastle United if a bid were to come in for him.
The 28-year-old has been linked with a £10million switch to St James’ Park after Toon Army boss Alan Pardew grows increasingly frustrated in his search for a hit-man.
Pardew wants the England international to replace Andy Carroll, who joined Liverpool for £35million last January, according to Sky Sports.
Defoe is still keen to play a part in helping Spurs retain their Champions League status but could be convinced to move if it was for a top four team.
He played 76 minutes of Spurs’ friendly win over the MK Dons on Tuesday night and remains part of Harry Redknapp’s plans for the new season.
Defoe’s strike partner, Peter Crouch, has also been a target for the Toon but Alan Pardew wasn’t prepared to pay £9m for the 30-year-old.
The Magpies manager had hoped to sign Paris St Germain striker Mevlut Erdinc but is unable to convince him to move to the north-east.
There have been difficulties in finalising the Turkish international’s £7million move but the transfer could be completed when Newcastle return from their tour of the USA on Thursday.