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Defoe ready for Wigan

Posted on 9 January 2009  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe will be available for selection for Sunday's Premier League trip to Wigan Athletic following the completion of his transfer from Portsmouth.

Defoe ready for Wigan

Jermain Defoe will be available for selection for Sunday's Premier League trip to Wigan Athletic following the completion of his transfer from Portsmouth.

The striker has been assigned squad number 25.

The England international, 26, made 177 appearances in our colours in all competitions during his first spell at the Club between January 2004 and January 2008, during which time he scored 64 goals following his switch from West Ham United.

The former Charlton trainee began his professional career at Upton Park before embarking on a season-long loan spell at Bournemouth, where he scored 19 goals in 31 appearances before returning to London and clocking up 105 games and 41 goals for West Ham.

Jermain, the holder of 32 England caps, now links up again with Harry Redknapp - his manager at West Ham and Portsmouth - having scored 17 goals in 36 games during his year at Fratton Park.

"We are delighted to welcome Jermain back to the Club," said Chairman Daniel Levy. "We had previously been keen for Jermain to sign a new contract to extend his initial stay but at that point in time he felt it was in his interests to move on in order to guarantee himself more starts. I know the Club is close to his heart and that he is thrilled to be back and to once again link up with Harry."

"This is the third club I have signed him for," added Manager Harry Redknapp. "Because I know what a top class player he is as well as a proven goalscorer. I am pleased to have him here and I am sure the supporters are looking forward to seeing him back in a Spurs shirt."

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