Why we can Defoe sign Jermain


Since I finished my second year at University I’ve been struggling to find things to do to keep me busy. Apart from writing blog pieces, I’ve found myself returning to our good old friend Twitter, typing in the same hash tag and sitting transfixed at the latest rumours that fall from #readingfc.

The latest and probably most mouth-watering rumour is "Jermain Defoe to sign for The Royals." That’s Jermain Defoe! Premier League hotshot and England international, Jermain Defoe!

The one thing that I can’t get to grips with is, why little old me, a lifelong fan of "little old" Reading, is sat staring at Twitter believing my club has the ability to lure one of the Premier League’s most sought after strikers to the Madejski, when I’d have scoffed at the rumours and called them nonsense a few years ago.

But why should I doubt it? After all who’d have thought a Russian international, Europa League and Super Cup winner would choose the Royal County over Fulham and various other established European clubs. I certainly didn’t.

As if the signing of Pavel Pogrebnyak wasn’t a signal of our intent, our pursuit of Jermain Defoe, 29, undoubtedly is. The message is clear: "We’re Reading, we’re Premier League and we’re ready to fight tooth and nail, not only for Premier League survival, but a top half finish, and maybe, just maybe, a European birth."

But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, we haven’t signed Defoe and we might not sign the Spurs striker, but in terms of rumours it’s extremely believable.

A top class striker, not content with sitting on the bench, who can do a job for any Premier League side; why wouldn’t we make a move for him? After all, we do have the money. But do we have the pulling power to lure such a player into the blue and white hoops?

We’ve got fantastic facilities, a superb manager and a squad with delightful character and determination, not to mention the ability to pay a decent wage – which of course is a big part of any transfer.

We have to be realistic, Lionel Messi isn’t going to want to move to England and play for Reading, but Jermain Defoe more than likely would.

Reading’s quick flowing style of play suits that of a poacher’s down to the ground. To play alongside quality, such as Roberts and Pogrebnyak and with creativity from midfielders like Guthrie, Karacan and Kebe, would no doubt put goals into any right minded fox in the box’s eyes.

It’s likely Defoe would be given a lead role at Reading. Something he thrived on in his days alongside Peter Crouch at Portsmouth, where the forward smashed 14 goals in 30 appearances for the South Coast side.

No doubt, it would be a coup to sign Defoe, but it would not surprise me in the slightest if he chooses goals, appearances and a fresh challenge at an ambitious club over safety on the bench at Tottenham. The new, Premier League, Reading FC, is going places, it would seem.

So, I will continue to refresh Twitter and watch the latest rumours, knowing - not just believing - that we have the money, the manager and the ambition to sign these top players and that very soon we can mix it up with the very best teams in the division.

One thing’s for sure, it’s going to be an exciting summer.

All views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Tilehurst End or SB Nation

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