England international Jermain Defoe could be about to trigger a bidding war between Queens Park Rangers and Arsenal, reports Metro. The former Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth ace looks likely to return to the Premier League, after a spell stateside with Toronto FC.
Toronto have recently parted company with their manager Ryan Nelsen, sparking speculation that their star player could be about to leave as well. Defoe has proven a big hit since moving across to Canada, but his stay there could be short-lived.
Metro understands that Arsenal and QPR are leading the race to sign the proven Premier League forward, although there are other English clubs interested in his signature. Defoe has shown in the past that he can score goals in the top flight, even if his age is quickly advancing.
At Arsenal he could be drafted in as a replacement for Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman is out until the new year after suffering a fracture to his ankle, leaving Arsene Wenger with few options up front. However, considering Defoe’s history with Spurs, the move would be a very controversial one.
At QPR, Defoe stands to be reunited with Harry Redknapp, a manager with which he has a history of playing beneath. Redknapp is notorious for his deadline day deals, and Defoe could become his latest coup. For Rangers, the striker will almost certainly be drafted in with immediate effect, as the club look to bolster their attacking statistics.