Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe has admitted his love for the North London club.
The former Spurs man is set to leave Sunderland this summer and is being tipped to join Bournemouth, with the evergreen 34-year-old still scoring goals in the Premier League.
Despite had two stints at White Hart Lane and despite exiting the club in 2014, admits he will always have a close bond with the North London outfit.
“You move on and new players come through, fantastic players, but I’m still there as fifth all-time top goal scorer,” Defoe told the club’s official website.
“I just think of the legends who have played at the Club. To know that when I’ve finished playing I can look at that list and see my name is something special. My heart will always be at that Club.”
Defoe is big admirer of Mauricio Pochettino’s men, heaping praise on the Premier League runners up.
“Now it’s special watching this team, not just winning games but going unbeaten at home all season and not just winning, dominating games as well,” he said.
“Arsenal, dominated. I watch as many Spurs games as I can and I can’t remember playing Arsenal and just dominating from start to finish.”
The striker enjoyed ten seasons in North London, split across two spells and a short term loan. During that time the poacher netted 143 times for the Lilywhites.
He also enjoyed productive periods at West Ham United, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Toronto, and Sunderland.
Defoe is expected to complete a move to Bournemouth in the coming weeks. The England international enjoyed another productive season this term, earning a recall to the national team.
Many Spurs fans will be asking why their club are not chasing the veteran forward, as many believe he would provide more goals than Harry Kane’s misfiring deputy Vincent Janssen.
Defoe is available on a free transfer following Sunderland’s relegation, and although a move to the south coast seems imminent, this may be one last ‘come and get me plea’ to his old club.