Tottenham cannot sign Portsmouth striker Defoe in January

Tottenham cannot sign Portsmouth striker Jermain Defoe in January. It has been revealed that Premier League rule L19 says a player cannot return to his former club within 12 months of leaving. A spokesman said: "It is written in section L19 of the Premier League rules that a club which transfers or cancels the registration of a player may not apply to register that player within a year. "The only exception to that is if it has been made with the prior written consent of the Premier League board."

Tottenham cannot sign Portsmouth striker Jermain Defoe in January.

It has been revealed that Premier League rule L19 says a player cannot return to his former club within 12 months of leaving.

A spokesman said: "It is written in section L19 of the Premier League rules that a club which transfers or cancels the registration of a player may not apply to register that player within a year.

"The only exception to that is if it has been made with the prior written consent of the Premier League board."

Have your say