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Harry wins battle to bring Defoe back to White Hart Lane

PUBLISHED: 10:55 06 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:45 07 September 2010

JERMAIN Defoe is on his way back to Spurs after Portsmouth finally accepted a bid for the England striker, writes Patrick Mooney.  The deal, which is expected to be in the region of £15m, sees Defoe return to the club he left under one year ago. Harry Re

JERMAIN Defoe is on his way back to Spurs after Portsmouth finally accepted a bid for the England striker, writes Patrick Mooney.

The deal, which is expected to be in the region of £15m, sees Defoe return to the club he left under one year ago.

Harry Redknapp originally lured Defoe, 26, from the Lane to Pompey for about £7.5m in 2008 when the Spurs manager was in charge at Fratton Park.

"We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Portsmouth for the transfer of Jermain Defoe" said a Spurs spokesperson.

Defoe is now due at Spurs Lodge today to undergo a medical. The 26-year-old could be unveiled as a Tottenham player again as early as this evening when the Lilywhites take on Burnley in the first leg of their Carling Cup semi-final.

Redknapp is also keen to sign a left-sided midfielder in the current transfer window, but Middlesbrough have already rejected a £6m bid for Stewart Downing from Spurs.

See this week's Ham&High for all the latest transfer news and Carling Cup semi-final report.


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