Jermain Colin Defoe born 7 October 1982 is an English footballer who plays as a striker for Tottenham Hotspur and for England. Defoe began his career with Charlton Athletic, joining their youth team at age fourteen, before moving to West Ham United aged sixteen, and rising through the ranks. Defoe joined Tottenham in January 2004 for an initial fee of £6 million. Defoe joined Portsmouth in January 2008 for £6 million. During January 2009, Portsmouth chairman Peter Storrie revealed Jermain Defoe's intentions to leave the club in the near future. Portsmouth accepted a bid from Tottenham thought to be around £15.75m (including fees owed to Tottenham for the previous transfers of Younes Kaboul and Pedro Mendes and waiving a £4m sell-on clause that had also been negotiated during his transfer from Spurs to Portsmouth) on 6 January 2009.The player had agreed to a five-year deal at an estimated £60,000 a week.