Liverpool have been offered the chance to sign Jermain Defoe as a stop-gap solution to their striker problems Defoe is desperate to return to the Premier League in this month’s transfer window, with Queens Park Rangers and Hull City interested in signing him.
According to the Telegraph, however, Liverpool have also been sounded out over the possibility of bringing 32-year-old Defoe back to England from MLS club Toronto FC.
The main stumbling block over any potential move for Defoe is that Toronto are insisting they do not want to loan him and instead want a £6 million sale.
Defoe, though, hopes Toronto are forced to relent on their refusal to let him join a Premier League club on loan until the end of the season and is aware that his name has been put to Liverpool.
Liverpool are unlikely to be interested in any long-term transfer, but a temporary deal may be tempting for manager Brendan Rodgers.
Daniel Sturridge is due to return from injury this month, but Liverpool will need to be careful with the 25-year-old who has not played for the club since the end of August.
Mario Balotelli has been a flop since moving to Anfield for £16 million in the summer and was not even on the substitutes’ bench for the draw with Leicester City, while Rodgers has rarely put his faith in Rickie Lambert or Fabio Borini.
Raheem Sterling has been playing as a makeshift striker in recent weeks and Liverpool have been studying the market to see who is available.
Terry Burton, the West Bromwich Albion technical director, indicated on Friday that striker Saido Berahino could be put up for sale this month. Liverpool have given serious consideration to the 21-year-old. However, West Brom are demanding £20 million, which could make a January deal hard to negotiate.
Another possible target, Wilfried Bony, is on the radar of Manchester City, with Swansea City demanding around £30 million for the 26-year-old after eradicating his £19 million release clause.
QPR have been pursuing Defoe since the summer, when they failed with an attempt to sign the former Tottenham man on loan on the last day of the transfer window.
Loftus Road remains the most likely destination for Defoe, but that will change if Liverpool show they are willing to take him.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp is working to a strict budget and may struggle to match Defoe’s £60,000-a-week wages, even if he can convince Toronto to let the player out on loan.
Defoe has scored 226 goals in 531 appearances for West Ham United, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, two spells at Spurs and Toronto. For England, Defoe scored 19 times in 55 games.
Hull manager Steve Bruce confirmed his interest in Defoe by saying: "If he becomes available, which I believe he is, then we’d love to do something. I think it might be too expensive, but it’s not a bad bit of speculation.
"You ask any club in the bottom of the division about Defoe, all of us would say ‘yes’. Whether we can do it financially is another problem."
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