Monday 06 January 2014
Jermain Defoe returned to Tottenham Hotspur after less than a year at Portsmouth – making the same journey that Spurs boss Harry Redknapp undertook just over two months earlier.
Defoe joined Pompey when they were managed by Redknapp, who signed the striker for the second time in 12 months.
Redknapp said: "This is the third club I have signed him for and I know what a top-class player he is. He is a proven goalscorer and I am pleased to have him here. I am sure the supporters are looking forward to seeing him back in a Spurs shirt."
Defoe signed a five-year contract at White Hart Lane and said: "I enjoyed my time at Portsmouth immensely but I can't deny that Harry Redknapp's departure as manager hit me hard particularly because he was the primary reason why I joined in the first place and said so at the time.
"I enjoy being around him because he brings the best out of me and that is all you can ask for from a manager."
Defoe scored 17 goals in 36 matches for Pompey and chairman Daniel Levy said: "We are delighted to welcome Jermain back. I know the club is close to his heart."
He made his second Spurs debut in a 1-0 defeat at Wigan Athletic and a week later played and scored against Portsmouth at White Hart Lane – a result which lifted his new club out of the relegation zone.
Since then, he has made nearly 200 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur – with nearly a third of his Barclays Premier League matches coming as a substitute. During his second spell at the club, he helped Spurs qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in 2010.
He also became the club's record goalscorer in European competitions – converting a penalty against Sheriff Tiraspol in a Europa League tie in November 2013 to break Martin Chivers' 22-goal haul.