Transfer news: Toronto FC tease 'bloody good deal' which will take Jermain Defoe to Canada for £6m
Defoe becomes the latest Premier League star to switch to the MLS after agreeing £90,000-a-week deal but may briefly return on short-term loan
Thursday 09 January 2014
Tottenham Hotspur and England striker Jermain Defoe is set to sign a lucrative contract with MLS side Toronto FC after finding his options limited at White Hart Lane.
Teased on the Canadian club's official website as 'a bloody good deal' - an announcement confirming the switch is imminent.
Defoe is hoping to resurrect his chances of representing England at the World Cup and the 31-year-old has already discussed the move with Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson who reassured him that the odds are still in his favour.
In the long-run, however, that may not be the case.
According to The Telegraph, Defoe will sign a deal worth £90,000-a-week while the transfer fee is likely to be in excess of £6m.
With the North American league not set to kick-off until the middle of March, Spurs are optimistic that Toronto will loan the former Portsmouth man back to the Londoners until then.
The Canadians are managed by Ryan Nelsen, the former Tottenham and QPR defender, who has recently described Defoe as "one of the most natural goal scorers" he has ever seen.
His arrival will also add weight to the ambitions of Tim Leiweke’s Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment group, the company which own Toronto.
Leiweke is a prominent figure in the MLS after helping to bring David Beckham to Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007.
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