Johnson hopeful Jermaine Defoe will join QPR

Queens Park Ranger striker Andy Johnson wants Tottenham Hotspur front man Jermaine Defoe to join him at the club and believes manager Harry Redknapp will be able to convince the player to drop down a division and join the Championship side.

The England striker scored 15 goals for Spurs last season despite not being given regular games from the start and it is expected he will have to spend more time on the bench following the arrival of Spanish international striker Roberto Soldado from Valencia. Redknapp has already splashed £ 4 million to bring in England forward Charlie Austin to the club and missed out on the signing of former Celtic striker Gary Hooper, who decided to sign for Premier League club Norwich City.

Jermaine Defoe played under the former Spurs manager at West ham United, Portsmouth as well as Tottenham and according to Andy Johnson, his relationship with Redknapp might just tempt Defoe to drop down a division and prove himself once again. Johnson stated that it is a possibility because he has worked with the player before and he has himself worked with Defoe at England level for some time.

He went on to add that there are many players in the club who have been with Defoe and Harry from their time at White Hart Lane and that might tempt the England man to swap White Hart Lane for Loftus Road.

Queens Park Rangers was relegated from the Premier League last season but are considered as the favorites to bounce straight back to the top flight and Johnson believes Jermaine Defoe could take the risk and drop down a division for a year and help the club gain promotion because Queens Park Rangers is big enough to attract the top players to the club despite being in the Championship.