Tottenham deadline frenzy was crazy: Defoe

Updated: 05 September 2012 08:56 IST

Jermain Defoe admits Tottenham's frantic attempts to wheel and deal in the run up to the transfer deadline left him uncertain who would be left at the club when the window finally shut.

Tottenham deadline frenzy was crazy: Defoe
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Jermain Defoe admits Tottenham's frantic attempts to wheel and deal in the run up to the transfer deadline left him uncertain who would be left at the club when the window finally shut.

Defoe was a confused bystander as Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas and his chairman Daniel Levy spent last week buying and selling players in a last-ditch bid to improve their squad.

The White Hart Lane entrance resembled a revolving door as Spurs bought Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and Fulham forward Clint Dempsey, while Rafael van der Vaart was sold to Hamburg, Tom Huddlestone moved to Stoke and Danny Rose joined Sunderland.

Spurs were also keen to land Porto playmaker Joao Moutinho and Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov, but those deals fell through.

"It was a bit mad. You walk into the changing rooms, see the lads and don't know if you would see them the next day," Defoe said.

"It is funny. I had my wisdom tooth out one day, came in and Tom (Huddlestone) had gone to Stoke. Someone else had gone as well. I said to the lads 'I miss one day and all the players are going!'."

At least Defoe knew he wouldn't be one of those unfortunate players off-loaded in the transfer frenzy.

The 29-year-old had been linked with a move earlier in the close-season after falling out of favour with previous boss Harry Redknapp last term, but he has impressed Villas-Boas and believes his playing time will increase under the former Chelsea boss.

And that was enough to persuade Defoe to sign a new three-year contract last week.

"There was a lot of speculation," he said. "Every day I would walk out of my house and fans would come up to me and ask whether I was staying.

"I would have loved to have turned round and said I was staying but I was not too sure.

"But obviously the chairman made it clear that he wanted me to stay as the manager likes me. I had looked bright in pre-season and he wanted me to stay. I love the club and the fans have been fantastic from day one.

"My family are in London and I love the boys at the club so I have signed a new contract and I am settled."

However, Spurs have failed to win any of their first three Premier League matches under Villas-Boas and former West Ham striker Defoe, who has played under a host of different managers during his two spells at Spurs, admits it will take time for the new man to make his mark.

"It is something I have done before. Managers come and go," he said. "At Tottenham, I have played under Jacques Santini, David Pleat, Martin Jol, Harry Redknapp. It is something you get used to.

"When the new manager comes in with different tactics and a different way of playing, it can be difficult. There will be a lot of changes and sometimes in takes time. Also it takes time for the manager to get used to the players.

"It is such a long season and I'm sure we will come through fine. We have good players and we have made some good signings. It is a matter of time."

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