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Tottenham ace offered European escape route?

defoe.jpgThe Football Transfer Tavern welcomed the arrival of Valencia forward Roberto Soldado yesterday after his transfer taking him to Tottenham was officially confirmed but it did leave punters wondering about the future of one current frontman at the club.

Mail Online now report that Turkish giants Besiktas are the latest side to targeted a move for Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe after failing to reach an agreement with Spurs team-mate Emmanuel Adebayor.

The 29-year-old England international is also wanted by former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp at QPR as he seeks to add more quality to his Championship side but will now face competition from Slaven Bilic who is now in charge of the Istanbul based side.

Besiktas are willing to pay the former West Ham United academy product an attractive salary of around £3 million-a-year as they look to recruit extra firepower for their upcoming Super Lig campaign although the Black Eagles are currently banned from the Europa League.

Redknapp wants to further strengthen his side after signing Burnley striker Charlie Austin along with having Premier League experience in Bobby Zamora and Andrew Johnson as they attempt to win promotion back to the top flight.

Johnson has welcomed the interest in Defoe, saying: “He’s worked under Harry before, he’s worked with a lot of the boys before. I worked with him for three or four years at England. He’s a great lad. 

“When I’ve moved, first you look and see who you do and don’t know at clubs. That has an influence on where you choose to go so hopefully Jermain will come.”

Defoe has played over 150 games for Spurs since re-signing from Portsmouth in 2008 and has netted 64 times in total for the Lilywhites.

Will Besiktas pull off one of the surprise swoops of the summer and land Defoe? Rate this rumour below.

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