Jermain Defoe has certainly been a bit of a journeyman, playing for five Premier League clubs so far in his career, but he now has revealed that he would have loved to have moved to Manchester United to play under Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Bournemouth striker has enjoyed an excellent career, and is currently just one goal away from becoming the joint sixth most prolific player in Premier League history, having already scored 162 goals in the EPL.
He started his career at the prestigious West Ham academy, before moving across London to play for Tottenham. After five years at White Hart Lane, he had a brief two year spell at Portsmouth, before returning to Spurs for another six year stint. He went on to play for Toronto FC before returning to lead the line for Sunderland, before moving to Bournemouth last summer.
However during his spell at West Ham, Defoe was linked with a move to Manchester United, but the move never happened after United decided to sign Louis Saha from Fulham instead. Now, speaking to the Press Association, Defoe has revealed that would have loved to have had the opportunity to play under Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I never played for him but I played against him many times – an icon all over the world,” he said:
“His record speaks for itself, and what he achieved at Manchester United. When I heard the news my heart dropped straight away; I want to wish him and the family all the best.
“I hope he pulls through – not so long ago he was presenting Arsene Wenger with that trophy. Away from that he’s a nice guy; he’s had amazing messages from people in football.
“There was interest, at the time I was young. When you’re young it’s nice to be linked with the biggest clubs in the world. They bought Saha; I remember a lot of the boys telling me when I’d go away with England, ‘I thought you were actually coming’.
“That would have been amazing, but I was young, and you get your head down and get on with it. As a manager, I’d have loved to have played for him. There’ll be many players that will say that, because he was the best.”
Not only is Defoe in the top 10 Premier League goalscorers, he is also is one of the Premier League’s top goal scoring substitutes.