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Defoe: Spurs need more firepower

ESPN staff
July 12, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Jermaine Defoe dismissed speculation that he was to move on from Tottenham © PA Photos
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Tottenham forward Jermaine Defoe has urged the club to bolster their strike power this summer, simultaneously shrugging off speculation he is set to depart White Hart Lane.

Defoe will be the only senior striker on Spurs' books if Emmanuel Adebayor moves on as expected.

Spurs are linked with Aston Villa front-man Christian Benteke, and Defoe insists he would welcome such competition.

"I'm a forward but I can't be the only forward at a club," Defoe told The Sun. "Over the years, the clubs who've won titles have had several strikers.

"When Manchester United won the Treble in 1999 they had unbelievable forwards like Andy Cole, Teddy Sheringham, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Dwight Yorke - you need that.

"If you want to do well it's important to have competition. It will definitely help us to bring more goals into the team."

Defoe also dismissed suggestions he is bound for pastures new, claiming he has been given no indication that his future lies elsewhere.

"People say 'This club's in for you, that club's in for you' but I don't take any notice. If someone comes in for you, your agent will tell you. It goes over my head. It's happened for years. All I can say is I was doing the kit thing so it looks like I'll be wearing it for the season."

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