QPR Ready to Pounce as Tottenham Striker Admits He is Ready to Quit White Hart Lane

Loftus Road side linked with White Hart Lane forward.

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe fears that he may have to quit White Hart Lane in search of first-team football as new boss Andre Villas-Boas assesses his striking options.

The England international admits that the campaign was “heartbreaking” due to his lack of opportunities, though he still managed 17 goals despite being restricted largely to appearances from the bench.

“Everyone knows how much I love Tottenham,” the former Portsmouth man told the Daily Mirror. “Everybody knows that they are the club I want to play for.

“But last season was heartbreaking for me in terms of putting my body on the line, being prepared to give everything for the club and not getting a game.”

Defoe spent most of last season on the sidelines despite putting himself through a gruelling training camp in France in the summer.

He was included in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man England squad for Euro 2012, however, and the 29-year-old is now considering a fresh start away from White Hart Lane with Sunderland, Reading and QPR all reportedly monitoring his situation.


Of the three sides mentioned a move to ambitious QPR will surely be the most likely. Jermain Defoe is right to be weary of his situation at White Hart Lane. Given the constant speculation about Tottenham’s pursuit of a number of strikers, of which a portion is likely to be accurate, the 29 year old would do well to leave North London in search of regular first team football.

Mark Hughes has brought in some top notch signings this summer and though the Loftus Road boss has a number of attacking options at present he is a) likely to offload a few before the end of the month and b) Defoe is perhaps better than all those in the QPR armoury.

Defoe made just 11 Premier League starts last term and still managed to net 11 times and the former West Ham and Portsmouth forward is an experienced top level striker who could greatly aid QPR’s hopes of improving on last term’s 17th place finish.

Any move for Defoe would only really become an option if Andre Villas-Boas did indeed land one or two new attacking additions.

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