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.

Tottenham Hotspur reject Real bid for Bale

Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur have apparently rejected a world record £ 85 million bid for star winger Gareth Bale from Real Madrid as they play hard ball in trying to keep their flyer at the club for one more season.

According to a report in a Spanish newspaper closely associated with Madrid, Bale has apparently told club chairman Daniel Levy that he wants UEFA Champions League football this season and would prefer joining the Spanish giants rather than Manchester United, who are also said to be monitoring his situation as they look for a marquee signing to kick off the reign of David Moyes at the club.

Spurs insists that it will take only a mind boggling offer for them to part with their star man and the £ 85 million valuation that Real have made for him falls much shorter of their own valuation. It is being reported that they want a staggering £ 103.5 million for the player they paid just a few million for back in 2007 when he moved to the club from Southampton.

But Real Madrid are not being deterred by the valuation of the player by Tottenham Hotspur and are willing to offer cash plus player in order to broker a deal with the club. It is being believed that they are willing to offer Argentine winger Angel di Maria along with £ 85 million in cash for Bale and apparently, manager Andre Villas Boas is also warming up to the idea as he sees the Argentine as a like for like replacement for the Welshman.

If Real do manage to snatch Bale from the clutches of Tottenham Hotspur, it will begin a stunning domino effect in the transfer market and the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal can only hope that the deal goes through.

TOTTENHAM CAN WIN

Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel has said that the team can take confidence from the comeback that they achieved in the 2-2 draw with Basel in the quarter-finals of the Europa league on Thursday night.

Tottenham came into the encounter looking to qualify for the semifinals of the competition. However, they suffered a huge setback after going two goals down to the Swiss club. Goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Sigurdsson helped them come back into the match, but it still gives Basel the advantage in the tie due to the away goals rule.

The second leg will be at FC Basel, and Friedel has already said that the team should not be disappointed with the result. He has said that they should instead look at the positives. The way that the team managed to come back from being two goals down after just 35 min on the clock showed incredible resilience and character according to the American goalkeeper. Friedel was preferred in goal to the Frenchman, Hugo Lloris, who was on the bench.

Friedel has also said that the team should forget this result and focus on the upcoming match with Everton during the weekend. Tottenham moved into the third place of the Premier league following a 2-1 win over Swansea last weekend.

“When you’re down 2-0, to come back, we can take a little bit of encouragement from that. But we didn’t start the game well, we know that and the gaffer had some words at half-time. It will be tough out there, but we’ve got a lot of quality in our squad. I didn’t get a good view of Gareth’s (injury),” said the goalkeeper after the match. The club are currently in the race to finish in the top four ahead of Chelsea and Arsenal, who are just a couple of points behind them.

DEFOE RULED OUT

Jermain Defoe will not be able to feature for England in the upcoming friendly match against Brazil because of the ankle injury that he discovered while playing for Tottenham Hotspur in the match against West Bromwich Albion which was played yesterday.

Defoe’s left ankle got injured in the 35th minute of the match and he had to come out of the ground. Later, in the post match press conference, the manager of Tottenham, Andre Villas Boas confirmed that Defoe’s injury is severe and it could take him a few weeks to recover from this injury.

When asked about Defoe’s injury, Villas Boas said, “Defoe hasn’t yet gone for a scan, but, he is feeling pain and it seems that he might have to sit out for a few weeks.”

“It’s not good news for us as he is one of our key players. He will go for a scan and then, we will find out how much time he needs to recover. Hopefully, the ligament would not have been damaged that much and he would get fit soon.”

Tottenham has currently fallen short of attacking options as Emmanuel Adebayor is also unavailable at the moment. He is representing Togo in the Africa Cup of nations.

Some experts are saying that Andre Villas should have signed a striker during the mid season transfer window.

When asked why he didn’t sign a striker during the transfer window, Villas Boas said, “I didn’t feel the need of it. I am satisfied with the attacking options that we have got. Emmanuel Adebayor would come back in a few days and if necessary, Gareth Bale can also play as a striker. Clint Dempsey is also there. So, with a few attacking options already available, I decided not to go for a striker.”

DEFOE BACKS AVB

The Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has come out in praise of the Portuguese manager Andre Villas-Boas, while also saying that he is extremely thankful to the support shown by the manager.

After finding himself largely on the fringes under the previous manager Harry Redknapp, Jermain Defoe has been one of the key players for Tottenham this season. He has rewarded the faith shown by the manager Andre Villas-Boas by already scoring nine goals in the league alone. He is third in the list of top scorers for this season. He has also scored 13 goals in all competitions for the club.

Even with the presence of a player like Emmanuel Adebayor, who can act as a target man, the manager has largely preferred Jermain Defoe for the important matches. It is only now that he is starting to pair the England international with the Togo striker. It is a partnership that is also showing a lot of promise, as Tottenham have currently been on a three match winning streak. This has elevated them to the fourth position in the table level on points with the European champions Chelsea, although Chelsea do have a match in hand. Finishing in the top four is one of the main objectives for Tottenham this season.

“The new manager has come in and he has shown great faith in me. He said to me from the beginning, ‘I want you to stay at the club, I know you will score goals’. It has been fantastic. I have got my chances, I have scored goals,” said the England international. Tottenham have also qualified for the next round of the Europa league and will be facing the French club Lyon. This will be a tough fixture for the Premier league club, which will also see Hugo Lloris return to his former club.

DEFOE STARS FOR SPURS

Jermain Defoe was the star of the Tottenham team, as he helped them to finally bring an end to the poor run of form they have been experiencing in recent weeks.

Tottenham were coming into the match against West Ham United on the back of three consecutive defeats in the Premier league. This has almost destroyed their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season.

They are currently a few points behind Arsenal, and a bad result yet again in the match against West Ham would have been to final nail in the coffin. However, the former West Ham striker Jermain Defoe scored against his former club to help Tottenham to get their first victory in three matches.

Jermain Defoe scored his first goal of the match just a few minutes before the break. This was the crucial goal of the match because it helped Tottenham to play with much more freedom and space in the second half. Gareth Bale soon doubled Tottenham’s advantage in the match by scoring in the 58th minute. Then, Jermain Defoe scored his second goal of the match shortly afterwards to give Tottenham a comfortable lead in the match. The lead was so comfortable that the goal by Andy Carroll late in the match proved to be only a consolation for West Ham.

“We played two away games at top teams [Manchester City and Arsenal] and played well but didn’t get the results we wanted. Getting back to winning ways was extremely important. Defoe is a great player in a great moment of form. His desire and hunger are immense. He works hard and lives off scoring. He’s having a great season,” said the Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas after the match. The result has lifted Tottenham to the seventh position in the league.

SPURS BEAT READING

Tottenham Hotspur has defeated Reading F.C. by 3-1 at Madejski Stadium. It was an easy victory for the Spurs. The English striker, Jermain Defoe, scored two goals for Tottenham. The match was seen by a large number of Tottenham fans and the team didn’t disappoint the supporters.

More than 24,000 people were present there in the stadium to watch this encounter. The scores were levelled at 1-1 till the 70th minute of the match, but, the Spurs played brilliantly in the last 20 minutes and took the match away from Reading. This was the first victory for the Spurs in this season.

Tottenham was off to a fantastic start in the match. Jermain Defoe took the Spurs ahead by scoring his first goal in the match in the 18th minute. That goal was a result of the team effort of the Tottenham players. Sigurdsson passed the ball to Aaron Lennon who beat a couple of midfielders and gave Defoe a terrific cross near the box. Defoe swept the ball powerfully and the ball went into the bottom corner of the net. Alex McCrathy, the goalkeeper of Reading, couldn’t do anything. That was the only goal to be scored in the first half.

The lead of Tottenham was doubled in the 70th minute with the goal of Gareth Bale. However, the credit of the goal should also be given to Kyle Walker who got rid of two defenders to bring the ball near the box. Then, he passed the ball to Bale who made no mistake in deflecting the ball into the goal post. Just four minutes later, Defoe scored his second goal in the match to take his team ahead by 3-0. In the 78th minute, Defoe was substituted by Clint Dempsey who made his debut for Tottenham. The Reading players didn’t manage to reduce the lead in the remaining time and got beaten by a profound margin.

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QPR CHASE DEFOE

QPR have been looking to sign some high profile players in the summer transfer window and they have been quite successful in bringing some of them as well. Even after the arrival of players like Fabio Da Silva, it seems that the club are not satisfied.

The new vice-chairman of the club Amit Bhatia has revealed that they are looking at both Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe and former Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy as potential signings before the transfer window closes. Immediately after the takeover of the Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes, QPR have been looking to break into the European positions.

It is expected that the plethora of arrivals in the new transfer window will aid the club in the progression through the table. QPR survived in the Premier league by the skin of their teeth, despite the last day defeat at the hands of Manchester city. QPR will be hoping that they will not have to face another relegation fight this season and the quality of players they are attracting is a testament to this fact. Yet, their summer shopping spree is not over after the VP admitted that he would like to bring in two more strikers into the club.

“It would be hard to speculate at this point [on Defoe’s transfer status]. It’s not the right thing to do. Mark likes to have a long list of players! We’ll see what happens. Many of the players we are after potentially have interest from other clubs also. Craig [Bellamy] is definitely a name that has been mentioned, a name we’ve discussed. There are a few options. Craig Bellamy for the last few years, ever since he became available, thats not to say we have not been fans of other players,” said Bhatia in response to the next transfer targets for the club.

DEFOE NEARLY MOVED IN JANUARY

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has revealed that he came extremely close to leaving Tottenham in the January transfer window.

The England striker has grown frustrated about the lack of opportunities at Tottenham due to the fact that they have Emmanuel Adebayor as their main striker. Even though the former Arsenal man is currently on a loan deal from Manchester City, Harry Redknapp is prepared to play him over the Spurs player Jermain Defoe.

Due to the fact that the Euro 2012 is just around the corner, Jermain Defoe revealed that he wanted to leave the club in the January transfer window in order to get regular first-team football.

It has been a very frustrating season for Defoe because he has managed only 11 Premier league starts all season long, while 13 appearances have come on as a substitute. The arrival of Everton striker Louis Saha in the January transfer window only served to undermine his importance to the club. Defoe is in his second spell at Tottenham, and has revealed that he is very likely to leave the club at the end of the season. The former West Ham striker is unlikely to travel to Poland and Ukraine to take part in the Euro 2012.

‘I didnt want to leave. I dont go thinking, I want to go to this club or that club. But in January I just wasnt playing enough and I did go to the manager and ask to go out on loan. He said to me, I dont want you to go out on loan. We are trying to do something special here. Dont go. And so I stayed. And I worked hard to keep myself sharp. But still I havent had that run of games. It still feels like I will only get a game if someone is injured or suspended,” said Defoe.

DEFOE NETS TWICE

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe proved his worth just at the right time for Tottenham after he scored two goals in a match against Stevenage, which helped the North London club to get into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Stevenage managed to hold out Tottenham to a 1-1 draw in the match, which led to the replay for Tottenham. Harry Redknapp was extremely keen to win this match and progress to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, despite the fact that the prospect of finishing in the fourth place in the league was far more important.

Jermain Defoe has been unable to get into the Tottenham side in recent weeks, which has led to speculation linking him with a move back in January. However, the England striker stayed with the London club and he was rewarded with a start against Stevenage in the FA Cup.

He repaid the faith manager Harry Redknapp had in him by scoring two goals, with Adebayor getting the other goal in between the two Jermain Defoe strikes. There was a major shock on the cards when Stevenage took the lead through Byrom in the fourth minute, but Defoe equalised in the 25th minute and secured the brace in the 75th minute.

“There are not many top strikers around – if there’s a problem area in the [England] team, that’s it. He’s right up there with the best of them so he must have a great chance [of being selected],” manager Harry Redknapp said about the chances for Jermain Defoe to get into the England squad for the Euro 2012. The striker has scored 15 goals in just 29 appearances for Tottenham. Even more interesting is the fact that he has made 15 goals from just the 17 starts he has made, but the arrival of Adebayor has reduced his chances.