Defoe is a wanted man by new Potters boss Hughes.
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has targeted Tottenham Hotspur hit-man Jermain Defoe as the ideal man to lead the line at the Britannia Stadium, according to the Sun.
Defoe is likely to be on the periphery of the Spurs team this season, due to the arrival of prolific Spanish striker Roberto Soldado in a club record £26m transfer from Valencia.
Along with Emmanuel Adebayor the England international is available to leave White Hart Lane this summer and with Stoke struggling for a genuine goal-scorer, the 30-year-old could be the ideal acquisition.
Hughes was busy early on in the transfer window and quickly brought in defensive support in the shape of Marc Muniesa and Erik Pieters.
However, since the pair arrived no more deals have been completed and the Welshman wants Defoe to partner Peter Crouch once again – having played together at both Tottenham and Portsmouth.
The Potteries failed to score in their opening day defeat to Liverpool on Saturday and Hughes is clearly worried the side don’t have enough firepower.
With 124 goals in 367 matches in the Premier League to date, Defoe certainly has the experience in the top flight and could provide something different to a Stoke side that primarily relies on strength and height.
Tottenham are currently undergoing a transition phase in north London, with boss Andre Villas-Boas having signed four new players and reported to be bringing in three more before September 2.
Defoe does not feature in the 35-year-old’s plans and may make the move to the attacker’s fourth English club.
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