Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp is reportedly planning a shock move for Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe.
The England international might find first team opportunities hard to come by at White Hart Lane this season, after Spurs completed a club record deal to bring in Spanish forward Roberto Soldado from Valencia earlier this week.
Redknapp is now keen on persuading Defoe to spearhead the Hoops' attack in the Championship, with the promise of regular first-team action and a major role at the club, if he moves from north London to west London this summer, according to the Daily Mirror.
The report also claims QPR are considering a £6m bid for the 30-year-old but will face stiff competition from Stoke City, if Spurs decide to sell. Defoe notched 11 goals and three assists from 27 Premier League starts last season and also scored a hat-trick last week in the 6-0 win over South China in the Asia Trophy.
Redknapp, who has worked with Defoe at West Ham United, Portsmouth and Tottenham, recently stated he was looking to make a few quality signings before the transfer window closes.
"I am going to put together a team that will excite people. I am trying to bring players in who will blow people's minds. I have got the backing of the board to do that, and we are moving on from last season," the manager stressed.
Redknapp, however, has played down title talk. QPR, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, have retained some of their star players and are now the bookmakers' favourites to return to the top-flight as the winners of the Championship.
"I don't see why we should be favourites. It's not going to be easy. People talk about big clubs and the Championship is full of them. We're not Manchester City playing in the Championship," the 66-year-old pointed out.
"There's lots of big clubs. Nottingham Forest have won the European Cup twice and they are in the division. It's full of teams who have been in the Premier League the last eight or nine years. The whole league is full of big clubs," he added.