Defoe is reported to be moving back to Spurs at the time of writing this and will be "unveilled" today apparently. BUT, nobody from the FA has been approached asking for permission to move him to Spurs. Why? Because no player is allowed to return to any club he has left for 12 calendar months.
So, what happens of the FA enforce the rule. Or do they waive rules when it suits.Tottenham still have some loose ends to tie up over the transfer with Premier League approval required as Rule L19 forbids players returning to clubs within a year.