Despite fervent transfer talk throughout this deadline day, England international Jermain Defoe will not be making a return to the Barclays Premier League.
According to reports from Kurt Larson of the Toronto Sun, Defoe will be staying in Major League Soccer at least till the end of the season after his team, Toronto FC, rejected bids from several Premier League clubs - thought to be Arsenal, Hull and QPR - for the striker's services.
"Toronto FC had "one hell of an offer" from an EPL club, a well-place source told the Sun. But Defoe will return to BMO Field" Larson tweeted about thirty minutes ago.
Defoe has made a great start to life in North America, netting eleven times in his first 16 games for The Reds, but injuries have unfortunately halted the great progress he was making in Canada.
Harry Redknapp was rumoured to be seriously interested in bringing in his former player to Queens Park Rangers, while Leicester City, Hull City and even Arsenal were all linked with the striker who has scored 226 times in his career to date.
Toronto sacked head coach Ryan Nelson and all of his back-room staff yesterday after disagreements with General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. The GM then went on to confirm last night that they were in discussions with the possibility of letting Defoe go back to England but a team has obviously not met their requirements for the 31-year old.
QPR's bid for Defoe was apparently $11million dollars, which would have been the biggest fee for a player in MLS history had it gone through.
"The bids that were most intense were for Jermain Defoe," TFC head honcho Tim Leiweke told the Toronto Sun. "We're not interested in him going anywhere," Leiweke added.