Monday, 5 January 2009

Spurs Agree Defoe Fee? - Improved £9million Offer For Hammers Striker?


Tottenham Hotspur are close to completing the signing of England International Jermain Defoe, with Spurs understood to have agreed a fee in the region of £15million for the striker Tottenham sold to Portsmouth less than a year ago. Spurs are also reportedly ready to make an improved bid for Craig Bellamy (below) at West Ham United.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp signed Defoe for Pompey last year in a £9million deal to bring the player he first worked with at West Ham United to Fratton Park. 26-year-old Defoe revealed on Sunday that Redknapp was the main reason he left White Hart Lane in the first place, with the forward now looking destined to be reunited with Redknapp at the North London club.

Although Tottenham’s offer for Defoe is a little short of the South Coast clubs valuation of the England player. It is understood that there are add-ons included in the deal should Spurs qualify for Europe, according to The Mail.

Defoe has made 31 Premiership appearances for Pompey, scoring 15 goals and had forced himself back into the England squad under Fabio Capello.

Now Redknapp looks set to turn his attention again to West Ham forward Bellamy, with an improved bid of around £9million being mooted for the 29-year-old Welsh International. The Hammers have already turned down one offer from their Premier League rivals, but may not be able to resist an improved offer in light of financial problems at Upton Park.

Bellamy joined West Ham in 2007 for £7.5million from Liverpool and has scored 9 times in 31 Premier League appearances during his time in East London. The Welshman’s first season with the Hammers was blighted by injury, with Bellamy only making 9 appearances, but his performances this season have put the striker firmly on the Redknapp radar.

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