Emirates Stadium boss plans surprise move for White Hart Lane man.
Arsenal are believed to be considering an approach for England international and Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe who has found it tough going at White Hart Lane recently picking up only numerous starting appearances and normally only coming on as a substitute.
The striker who is available at the right price comes with a decent scoring record and almost 50 caps to his name and it is rumoured that the Emirates side are looking for an experienced striker to compliment Arsenal captain Robin van Persie in attack.
Defoe valuation is currently between £7m-£9m and his age – Defoe turned 29 last month – will mean that certain sides will not want to invest in the Spurs forward leaving the path clear for Arsenal should they consider the striker to be a serious option.
Now whilst there may be some truth to the speculation that Arsene Wenger may be looking to strengthen his attack, it is a) unlikely to occur in January and b) very unlikely to be to sign a 29 year old and c) not likely to be Jermain Defoe for a number of reasons.
Currently Arsenal do clearly over depend on Robin Van Persie for end product, even the ever improving Gervinho isn’t anywhere near as prolific as Wenger would like and is far to wasteful in front of goal netting just two goals in 13 appearances. Nicklas Bendtner and Carlos Vela are away on loan and not likely to return. Marouane Chamakh has tailed off big time and Park Chu-Young is yet to play a minute of Premier League football.
Defoe started the season well but then Harry Redknapp appeared to opt for playing Emmanuel Adebayor up front on his own, a plan that has worked well. It helps that Tottenham have the likes of Gareth Bale, Rafael Van der Vaart and to a lesser extent Luka Modric and Aaron Lennon, providing goals from the midfield and wide areas.
England international Defoe will not want to be warming the bench as this point in his career, not least with the Euro 2012 finals around the corner. There has been reported interest from QPR and that is more likely move than one across North London.
Clearly in theory Defoe would probably have no problem moving to arch rivals, he happily upset Hammers fans by moving to Tottenham and annoyed Charlton fans when he turned his back on the South London club as a teenager.
Harry Redknapp will not want to lose another of his striking option, having lost Peter Crouch and Robbie Keane in the summer, unless he has in mind a replacement and the White Hart Lane boss has been heavily linked with a number of top talents including most recently Brazilian Leandro Damiao and Athletic Bilbao giant Fernando Llorente.
Defoe has a top notch Premier League scoring record but it does seem hugely unlikely that a move to Arsenal would be a possibility.