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Tottenham Hotspur hero Jermain Defoe has revealed that Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah privately messaged him for some advice over the summer. Nketiah has enjoyed a solid start to the 2023/24 campaign, netting five times in the Premier League this season, including a hat-trick during Saturday's 5-0 victory over Sheffield United.

The 24-year-old's impressive form hasn't gone unnoticed either, with England manager Gareth Southgate handing the young forward his first-ever senior cap for The Three Lions during a recent friendly with Australia. Nketiah's willingness to work tirelessly on his all-around game has been something that Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has consistently praised and ex-Spurs frontman Defoe has now hailed the Hale End academy graduate for seeking his advice.

"He actually messaged me on Instagram," Defoe told Premier League Productions when asked about Nketiah. "I thought it was a joke - Arsenal and Tottenham.

"In pre-season, he messaged me on Instagram. He wanted to speak about finishing and movement, all that sort of stuff.

"I thought you know what, I like that because that’s a young centre forward that wants to try and get as much from other players that have played the game in that position as he can. Someone who wants to learn."

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Jermain Defoe says Arsenal star privately messaged him asking for advice. (Photo by (Image: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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