By Chris Lennon, News editor
Friday, June 29, 2012
TOTTENHAM Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe could be on the move – in a cut-price deal.
For the footballer, who has just returned from Euro 2012 duty with England, has his plush Cuffley pad on the market – and has now slashed the asking price.
The six-bedroom detached Georgian mansion in The Ridgeway was built in 2007.
It boasts drawing, dining and family rooms, a games room, cinema, gym and landscaped gardens.
The Welwyn Hatfield Times reported in March last year that Defoe, now 29, had put his home up for sale at £3.75m.
But he has now dropped the asking price by half-a-million pounds, to £3.175m.
His desire to move house will fuel speculation he could leave White Hart Lane this summer, having found first team opportunities hard to come by last season under former boss Harry Redknapp.
But Defoe’s chances to shine again could yet be boosted by whoever is appointed to replace Redknapp – currently rumoured to be ex-Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas.
Cuffley can boast a number of celebs, sporting stars and high-flying business people among its residents, many living in the village’s very own ‘millionaire’s row’, The Ridgeway.
They include Defoe’s Spurs and England team-mates Ledley King and David Bentley, former Tesco chief executive Sir Terry Leahy, and pop star-turned-TV presenter Myleene Klass, although she, too, is also selling up.
And Patrick Maloney, of The Maloney Partnership estate agents on Station Road, believes the village will continue to draw in high-profile names.
He told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “Cuffley does have plenty of celebrities living here and plenty of personalities, it is a very pleasant village to live in.
“Spurs are building a new training ground nearby so we expect more Spurs players to move in to the area.
“Because of that I can only see house prices rising, the fact some stars are leaving shouldn’t matter.”
Mr Maloney added: “It is a shame Jermain is leaving because on the times I have met him he was a very nice man and was never a nuisance to the area.”