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Tottenham back out of Defoe move

Jermain Defoe
Defoe left Spurs just under a year ago

Tottenham have ended their interest in bringing back striker Jermain Defoe after Portsmouth received a "massive offer" from another club.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, who left Portsmouth to join the London club earlier this season, brought the 26-year-old Defoe to Pompey 11 months ago.

"I think they've a massive offer from somebody for him, so good luck to them - I paid about 9m," said Redknapp.

"He is a good player but we're not going to pay over the top for anyone."

Reports suggest Manchester City and Aston Villa are also interested in signing the England forward.

Redknapp has already had a 6m bid for West Ham striker Craig Bellamy turned down as he looks to bolster his squad's forward strength that includes only Darren Bent, Manchester United loanee Fraizer Campbell and Roman Pavlyuchenko, who is cup tied in Europe.

"Bent and Pavlyuchenko were 30m and that is a lot of money to spend on two strikers and then say they can't play together," added Redknapp.

"I'm left with that problem and whether they can, I don't know."

The Spurs manager also revealed he is interested in signing Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing.

"I like Downing but I don't know whether Middlesbrough want to sell him," Redknapp said.

"If could find a wide-left player I would like to get one. That and a frontman would be the priority."

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see also
Redknapp delight at Defoe capture
01 Feb 08 |  Portsmouth
Defoe 'ineligible' to face Spurs
20 Mar 08 |  Portsmouth
Defoe deal permanent, say Pompey
05 Feb 08 |  Portsmouth
Tottenham unsure of Bellamy deal
26 Dec 08 |  Tottenham

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