Coral suggest seven sensational Jermain Defoe destinations
Former Premier League poacher Jermain Defoe could be in line for a remarkable return to the English top flight, amid news that he is currently training with old side Tottenham, who are a stunning 7/2 with Coral for a top four finish.
Defoe has scored 11 goals in 16 MLS appearances in 2014, though has been plagued with injuries last year. The 32-year-old apparently has said if he does come back to the Premier League permanently, then he wants to join a top 10 club. Therefore, Coral run through a number of possibilities for the striker.
Despite training with his former club, Defoe is priced at 9/1 to join them, however, if he impresses in training, with the club rumoured to be in the market for a striker, this may be a move that quickly materialises. Crucially, he also has experience in Europe and is Tottenham’s record scorer in continental competitions.
With Daniel Sturridge recovering from injury and Mario Balotelli still struggling to find the net, the Reds could be tempted to make a move, as long as the price is right. Defoe is the proven goalscorer that Liverpool need and Brendan Rodgers may be swayed to bring him to Anfield.
These odds could well tumble if Toronto take a serious interest in Sunderland’s Jozy Altidore, who is adored by MLS and USA national soccer team fans. It is not too hard to imagine a straight swap or player-plus-cash deal being suggested by Sunderland’s high-ups, if all parties can come to an agreement.
Reuniting with Harry Redknapp, who has managed Defoe three times in his career, is something the football romantics would like to see. This move is the likeliest here, and he could form a lethal partnership with Hoops top scorer Charlie Austin.
On the lookout for strikers, if the Foxes can persuade him to join them, Defoe would form an intriguing ‘little and large’ partnership with Leonardo Ulloa or imminent Leicester arrival Andrej Kramaric, similar to the one he shared with Peter Crouch at Portsmouth and Tottenham.
West Ham 25/1
A move back to the club where he started his career is unlikely, with boss Sam Allardyce boasting a strike-force that includes Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho, Enner Valancia and Carlton Cole.
Poised to lose Wilfried Bony to Manchester City, the Swans will at least have money to spend to replace him, and a move for the former Spurs forward isn’t too unrealistic. Defoe is certainly a cheap and viable option and he can easily replace the goals, if Garry Monk can persuade the striker to move to south Wales.