Tottenham are preparing for the loss of England striker Jermain Defoe by targeting deals for Juventus forwards Mirko Vucinic and Fabio Quagliarella, according to the Mirror.

Defoe is expected to move to MLS side Toronto, managed by former Tottenham defender and Defoe's ex-team-mate Ryan Nelsen, in a deal worth £90,000-a-week for the striker as he seeks regular first-team football. However, it is believed Hull and West Ham are also keen to compete for Defoe's signature.

Spurs boss Tim Sherwood is keen to add to his soon-to-be-depeleted forward line and it is believed director of football Franco Baldini is looking to use his contacts in his native Italy to make a double swoop for Vucinic and Quagliarella.

The out of favour duo - who have slipped behind Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente in the pecking order at Juventus - have started only seven games between them and it is believed coach Antonio Conte may be willing to let the duo leave, albeit possibly only on a short-term  loan deal.

Montenegrin Vucinic seems the most viable option, with only 18 months remaining on his current contract. Quagliarella, a reported target for Norwich City over the summer, may be more difficult to acquire, having signed a contract extension last year.

Boss Sherwood believes they would be the perfect accomplices to his current strike force of Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado, although any deal depends on Defoe's impending departure.

Another rumoured target, should the deal for the Juve duo fail, is West Brom's Shane Long.

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