Liverpool & QPR Enter Bidding War in Race for £10m Tottenham Striker

Anfield and Loftus Road sides battle for White Hart Lane forward.

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QPR are ready to rival Liverpool in the race to sign Jermain Defoe.

The England striker has revealed his frustration with a lack of first-team starts at Tottenham and is likely to be granted a move this summer if a £10million price tag is met.

Liverpool were keen to sign Defoe, 29, before Kenny Dalglish’s sacking and so any potential move to Anfield is on ice until the club appoint a new manager and sporting director.

Rangers boss Mark Hughes is aware of Defoe’s availability as he looks to overhaul a squad which only narrowly avoided relegation last term.

QPR are one of the few clubs who could meet Tottenham’s valuation as well as wages of around £70,000 a week.

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Though a move for 29 year old Jermain Defoe doesn’t exactly adhere to Liverpool’s youthful transfer policy there is a definite need to improve on the threadbare options the Anfield side currently calls upon up front. Though a new manager is yet to be appointed it seems likely that anyone who comes in to fill the vacant manager’s hot-seat it seems likely that any replacement would look to improve on the club’s firepower after they managed just 47 goals in Premier League action last term.

QPR could however tempt Defoe as a move to Loftus Road would have more chance of securing regular first team football and that is something the England international has missed of late. Last term he lost his place to loanee Emmanuel Adebayor and was restricted to just 11 starts, however the former West Ham & Portsmouth man did still garner 17 goals in all competitions last term.

Liverpool had to overly rely on Luis Suarez for end product last term but would have been pleased with the run of good form Andy Carroll produced in the latter stages of the season, form that may well see the former Newcastle United man start for Roy Hodgon’s England side with Wayne Rooney suspended for the group stages.

Harry Redknapp would be loathed to lose Defoe having seen Peter Crouch, Robbie Keane and Roman Pavlyuchenko leave over the past 18 months. However if the Tottenham man can not guarantee first team football then he should not be surprised that a player closing in on his 30th birthday would push for a White Hart Lane exit.

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