Besiktas Shift Focus from One Tottenham Striker to Another

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Turkish giants Besiktas want to sign unsettled Tottenham Hotspur front man Jermain Defoe this summer, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

The England international had been attracting interest from Championship outfit Queens Park Rangers of late, with the west London club understood to be hopeful of persuading the 30-year-old to drop down a division next season.

However, now it appears as though Besiktas are also keen on landing the experienced striker as well after failing in their earlier attempts to lure Defoe’s Tottenham team-mate, Emmanuel Adebayor, away from White Hart Lane during the summer transfer window.

Defoe has been in north London for the past four-and-a-half campaigns now, having originally arrived in the capital from Portsmouth in January 2009 for a fee of £15.75m.

And in the intervening period, the experienced forward has managed to net an impressive 69 goals in his 164 appearances in total in all competitions for Spurs, including 47 strikes in 143 Premier League outings.

But with Tottenham head coach Andre Villas-Boas having recently smashed the club’s transfer record in order to sign highly rated Valencia attacker Roberto Soldado, Defoe’s future at the Lane is now very much open to debate, with the player said to be seeking assurances from the Portuguese about his role at the club going forward before deciding on whether to talk to Besiktas or not.

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