Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp’s bid to be reunited with Portsmouth striker Jermain Defoe at White Hart Lane is under threat of being scuppered by Serie A giants Juventus, according to reports.
26-year-old England International Defoe has already expressed his desire to leave Fratton Park after just 12 months, with a return to former club Spurs looking like the most likely destination. Redknapp is understood to have offered £16million for the striker that he paid £9million to Tottenham for, while in charge at Pompey.
Premier League rivals Aston Villa are also keen on the former West Ham United player, with it believed that it would be a straight fight between the Villans and Spurs for the signature of Defoe.
However, now it is said that Juve have made an offer of £20million to lure Defoe from the Premiership to Italy. If La Vecchia Signora are serious about their interest in the striker it could wreck Redknapp’s plans of working with Defoe at a third club after claiming recently that he will not pay over the odds in the transfer window.
One thing that is almost certain is that Defoe will leave the South Coast club especially after revealing that he has been the subject of death threats from fans for wanting to quit Portsmouth.
Defoe told the Sunday Mirror: “I have absolutely no idea how they got hold of my number but some of the calls have made me feel sick to my stomach.”