Toronto – managed by former Tottenham defender Ryan Nelsen – want to make a big impact in the transfer market and have targeted two Premier League strikers as their main targets.
According to the Express, Tottenham's Jermain Defoe is the first choice signing for the Canadian club, but they are also considering move for Cameroon and Chelsea forward Samuel Eto’o.
The Cameroon international is only on a 1-year-deal at Chelsea so will be out-of-contract next summer, whereas Defoe is signed to Spurs until 2015.
The two strikers are currently in their thirties and may find first team options more and more limited at their respective clubs. Eto’o is one of three strikers fighting for a Chelsea spot, and Defoe has found first team opportunities hard to come by due to the arrival of Roberto Soldado at Spurs, appearing mainly in cup matches.
Reportedly Toronto will offer Defoe £90,000-a-week to swap London for MLS, making it clear the ambitious American side could have the financial power to lure Eto'o instead.
According to reports, chief executive Tim Leiweke - the man who signed David Beckham at LA Galaxy - is negotiating the transfers.
In 2010, Thierry Henry made the move to America in joining New York Red Bulls, and Toronto are hoping to pull off a similar deal with either Eto'o or Defoe.
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