Tottenham transfers: Defoe going nowhere in January, insists AVB
Tottenham transfers: Andre Villas-Boas insists that Spurs have no intention of selling Jermain Defoe during the January window
Andre Villas-Boas has reiterated his stance that Tottenham Hotspur have no intention of selling Jermain Defoe in the January transfer window.
The north London side were reported to have placed a £6.5m price tag on the striker following speculation suggesting their record European goal-scorer could leave White Hart Lane in the coming months.
However, Villas-Boas, who has persisted with misfiring Roberto Soldado in the Premier League, wants to keep all his “quality” players – and that includes the 31-year-old England international.
“We haven’t put any price tag [on Defoe],” Villas-Boas told a media conference ahead of Tottenham’s trip to Manchester City on Sunday.
“It’s speculation that has come up. We can’t do anything about it. It’s not news. It was there last summer, this summer – and last January when the transfer window opened.”
He continued: “It means the player is highly rated but because of that it means we want to hold onto quality players.
“Jermain is part of the great history of the club. He’s been getting his chances more in the Europa League than the Premier League but he’s fighting hard to get into the team.
“We can’t say anything about his performances because they’ve been excellent.”