Englishman is believed to be desperate to be on the plane to South America next summer.
Newcastle United will make a move for Tottenham Hotspur front man Jermain Defoe when the transfer window finally reopens for business for the year in January, according to reports in the Mail on Sunday.
The some-time England international had been expected to leave the north London club during the summer, with Championship outfit Queens Park Rangers having been consistently linked with Defoe.
However, against all expectations the 30-year-old decided to remain at White Hart Lane and fight for his first-team place, even though Tottenham head coach Andre Villas-Boas had brought in a number of big-name strikers, including the likes of Spain international Roberto Soldado and Argentina international Erik Lamela.
But with Defoe having only been used sparingly by the Portuguese since the start of the new campaign, with the forward having so far featured in seven matches in total in all competitions for Spurs, four of which came in the Premier League, although all from the substitutes’ bench, the Englishman is understood to be now weighing up his options going forward in the capital.
And that could in turn open the door for the Magpies to land Defoe come the turn of the year, especially with the attacker believed to be concerned about how his lack of playing time could affect his hopes of going to next summer’s World Cup finals with England.