Jermain Defoe’s MLS fad has gone the way of pogs and yo-yos and, after just ten months with Toronto FC, the 32-year-old wants to return to England.
Current boss Tim Leiweke is quoted as saying the former Tottenham man is ‘focused’ on getting the Canadian outfit into the post-season play-offs, but added:
“As to what happens during the next transfer window, we’ve all agreed we’ll put it on hold and talk about that in December.”
Widespread reports linked Defoe with a move to QPR and another reunion with Harry Redknapp at the end of the summer window, but the switch never materialised.
The past month has seen the R’s and old club West Ham attributed with an interest, but the boy from Beckton would be selling himself short making such a move, when there’s a Champions League club who need him much more than either.
A price of 3/10 says Defoe returns to a Premier League outfit in the winter window and Liverpool would be an ideal destination.
The Reds are short of firepower up front, with new striking acquisitions Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli struggling in the ingratiation phase of their Anfield tenure.
Neither has a top-tier strike to their name as of yet.
Both are course and distance goal-getters, but it could be that their heavyset, powerful physiques render them incompatible with Liverpool’s breakneck, high-pressing style of play.
Defoe, another proven top-flight finisher, is the kind of lively player who would prosper in such a system, resembling much more of a Luis Suarez than either of the men Brendan Rodgers drafted in to replace the Uruguayan.
Obviously inferior, the Charlton academy alumnus couldn’t be expected to plunder anything like the 31 goals Suarez scored last time around, but he would definitely contribute if afforded minutes on the pitch.
His transatlantic career has seen him score 11 in 15 starts, while he hit double digits in three of his final four full seasons at White Hart Lane.