The future of Jermain Defoe has once again become unclear after the Tottenham striker was revealed as a target for fellow London club Queens Park Rangers.

Mark Hughes' side have had a busy summer of recruitment and it seems they are once again looking to raid Tottenham, just one day after they had an offer of £9million for centre-back Michael Dawson accepted by the north London club.

Defoe was unhappy with his limited opportunities in the first team last season and the arrival of Emmanuel Adebayor has once again cast some doubt over his future at White Hart Lane.

Jermain Defoe
Defoe scored in the 2-1 loss to Newcastle last weekend [Reuters]

Previous manager Harry Redknapp preferred Adebayor as a lone forward, however, no-one is quite sure what system Andre Villas-Boas will look to play, and if Defoe will remain in the first team plans.

The Guardian has reported that QPR are hoping to persuade Defoe to leave the club as they believe that Tottenham are continuing their search for another forward and are hoping to land Brazilian Leandro Damiao.

Villas-Boas has been tracking the Internacional striker for most of the summer, but the two clubs have so far been unable to agree upon a transfer fee.

There is also a suggestion in the Guardian that Tottenham could look to sign Shakhtar Donetsk attacking midfielder Willian. The Brazilian is the sort of player that could comfortably fit into the 4-3-3 formation that Villas-Boas is keen to employ at Spurs.

The former Chelsea manager has already shown that he is willing to make brave decisions, having allowed Tom Huddlestone to be loaned to Stoke City, while Sebastien Bassong was sold to Norwich.

With Dawson, who had acted as captain during pre-season, also apparently being shown the door, it is clear that Villas-Boas is not afraid to make some big decisions about players who have served the club well in previous seasons.

Defoe still managed to contribute 17 goals in all competitions for Spurs last season and score in the opening day defeat to Newcastle, but if his opportunities are limited then he has previously suggested he would look elsewhere.

"I love the club. Everybody knows that. When I'm out and people ask whether I am leaving I always say no. But how can I stay somewhere that I don't get the chance to play?"