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Newcastle boss Pardew: I wanted Tottenham's Defoe in summer

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew admits he tried to sign Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe in the summer. Defoe has struggled for playing time in the Premier League this season - with just 169 minutes under his belt - as Andre Villas-Boas has preferred £26 million Spanish international Roberto Soldado.

"There was a little bit of interest from us [in the summer], but he is a Spurs player and I think he is doing a good job there," said Pardew.

"Whenever he is called upon, he scores, so I would not be surprised if they start him on Sunday.

"I worked with Jermain at West Ham and think he is a fantastic player. When the ball comes into him, whether it is left foot, right foot, he is hugely effective.

"He's also good in the air for a fairly small fellow. He's a terrific player, but really and truly I do not think he would come to this football club."

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