West Brom Transfer News: Baggies Want To Sign Jermain Defoe?

The Sun. The 30-year-old has emerged as a surprise £6 million target for QPR which would see him reunite with former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp at Loftus Road. Defoe is said to be open to a transfer but is concerned that dropping into the Championship would harm his World Cup credentials ahead of next summer's tournament. Baggies boss Steve Clarke could therefore hand the striker a Premier League lifeline and the chance to stay in the topflight by bringing him to the Hawthorns. Defoe netted 15 Premiership goals last season but knows he will likely have to play second fiddle to the Lilywhite's record signing Roberto Soldado when the new campaign gets back underway. Soldado is expected to finally complete his £26.4 million move from Valencia today, pending the successful completion of a medical. And that would leave opportunities for Defoe laying thin on the ground, which could prompt a move. Stoke and Newcastle are also interested in the former Portsmouth star, but Clarke hopes the possibility of linking up with former Chelsea ace Nicolas Anelka will persuade him to sign for the Midlands club instead.

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