30-year-old England striker Jermain Defoe has been on the fringes at Tottenham for a while and things look no different this season.
Manager Andre Villas-Boas has invested heavily in attacking midfield players and looks set to play just one up front, with summer signing Roberto Soldado his preferred option.
That will leave Defoe with just Europa League starts to look forward to, as was the case on Thursday, when he netted twice and displayed his finishing qualities.
Defoe is a player I’ve wanted to see brought to Newcastle for a while and the striker briefly played under Newcastle manager Alan Pardew when at West Ham.
I think Jermain realises that he would be idolised in the north-east, as all goal scorers are, and sees a move to Tyneside as an attractive one as his career comes towards the end.
The clear sticking points are a £6 million fee and his £65,000-a-week wages, with the former unlikely to be matched considering that Defoe is the wrong side of 30.
That will leave West Brom and Stoke City in the race for the Tottenham star, but let’s hope that the dream move for Jermain Defoe and many Newcastle fans can be completed.