Besiktas have switched their attention to Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe after reaching an impasse in their pursuit of his team-mate Emmanuel Adebayor.

The Turks managed by former West Ham man Slaven Bilic are ready to rival QPR for the 29-year-old England international and are willing to pay a salary of around £3m a year.

Harry Redknapp’s side want to strengthen their forward ranks further – they have already bought in striker Charlie Austin to add to frontmen Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora - as they bid to bounce back to the Premier League.

Johnson himself has welcomed the interest in Defoe saying: ‘He’s worked under Harry before he’s worked with a lot of the boys before. I worked with him for three or four years at England. He’s a great lad.

‘He’s worked with Jermaine Jenas and a few of the old Tottenham boys — there are a lot of people here who could attract him to the club.

‘When I’ve moved first you look and see who you do and don’t know at clubs. That has an influence on where you choose to go so hopefully Jermain will come.’