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Defoe on verge of Toronto switch

Defoe is one of Tottenham's all-time top scorers (©GettyImages)
Defoe is one of Tottenham's all-time top scorers (©GettyImages).

Jermain Defoe's long-awaited transfer to Toronto FC in the MLS is inching closer, with the deal supposedly being completed this week, according to The Guardian.

The forward will become the most notable of the Canadian club's pre-season signings, and is expected to sign a deal worth more than £90,000 a week.

It is rumoured Spurs will receive around £6million for the Englishman, who has 18 months to run on his contract.

The prospect of Defoe returning to White Hart Lane on loan until March is still a possibility, when he will depart for the MLS,  where the season doesn't begin until the beginning of March.

Tottenham had initially hoped to retain his services until the end of their current campaign, but will accept a move for the 31-year-old who has slipped down the pecking order at White Hart Lane.

Defoe has been a top player for Tottenham over the years and has not only become their all-time leading goalscorer in European competition, with 23 goals in 35 games, but has also scored 142 goals in 361 appearances for the Club, making him their 5th all-time leading goalscorer.

Defoe would link up with a former Tottenham team-mate in the Toronto head coach Ryan Nelsen, at his new club.

The former New Zealand international and Blackburn Rovers defender described Defoe as "one of the most natural goalscorers I have ever come across" and suggested that bringing him to MLS would be "incredible" for Major League Soccer.

His arrival would reflect the ambitions of the Ontario club overseen by Tim Leiweke, who brought David Beckham to Los Angeles Galaxy.

It is unclear how the move will affect Defoe's chances of making Roy Hodgson's England squad for the summer's World Cup finals in Brazil.

The 31-year-old boasts 19 goals from his 55 caps and has been a regular squad member under Hodgson, often making his mark from the bench.

He has suffered similar frustrations at Spurs, having started only three Premier League games so far this term, with his goalscoring abilities being saved for the Europa League and domestic cup competitions.

This season he has scored nine in all competitions which is an impressive statistic in its own right.

Defoe's departure will leave Tottenham short of attacking reinforcements and may prompt the north London side into delving into the transfer market to bolster their options up front, with their only forwards Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor, with Harry Kane on the fringes at the club.

A true Spurs legend will be leaving the Club, having signed for them twice (once from West Ham, and again from Portsmouth) and fans will be wishing him the best of luck for the future.

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Ryan Nelsen
Jermain Defoe
Premier League
Toronto FC
Tottenham Hotspur
MLS
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