• Premier League

Tottenham to keep Defoe until replacement arrives

ESPN staff
December 10, 2013
Jermain Defoe has struggled to cement a first team place since the arrival of Roberto Soldado © PA Photos

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe will not be allowed to leave until the club bring in a suitable replacement, according to a report in the Evening Standard.

The North London club are reportedly targeting a swoop for Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez who, like Defoe, has struggled to cement a place in the starting XI at his club.

Defoe has been starved of first team Premier League football this season despite being the club's leading goalscorer in all competitions. Andre Villas-Boas has opted to play summer signing Roberto Soldado as a lone striker for the majority of the new season, although the Spurs boss has preferred to start Defoe in their last two league matches.

The 31-year-old has recently been linked with a move to MLS side Toronto, but it is reported Spurs want to keep hold of him until they bring in a new forward in January.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports that rivals Arsenal are closely monitoring young Ajax midfielder Davy Klaasen. Club scouts watched the 20-year-old score a hat-trick against NAC Breda on Saturday. Klaasen can play both in midfield and up front.

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