Defoe seals Toronto switch

Tottenham have announced that striker Jermain Defoe will leave the club to join Major League Soccer side Toronto FC at the end of February.

Last Updated: 10/01/14 at 09:46 Post Comment    Bet with SkyBet  Player Specials. Click here to bet.

Jermain Defoe: Heading to the MLS and Toronto FC

Jermain Defoe: Heading to the MLS and Toronto FC

Defoe, 31, first joined Spurs from West Ham in February 2004, making 177 appearances and scoring 64 goals before joining Portsmouth four years later. He moved back to White Hart Lane a year later and hit 78 goals in 185 games.

He told the club website: "Everybody knows how much this club means to me and I will play my heart out for the team and the fans until my last kick for the club. I have had a fantastic time here and the fans have always been amazing to me.

"I am grateful for the opportunity for myself and my family to experience living overseas and for me to play in the MLS with a contract that will take me to the age of 35.

"I have no doubt I shall be coming back as a fan supporting the team in the years to come too."

Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood hinted he does not expect to enter the transfer market to replace Defoe, adding: "This is a great opportunity for Jermain and he feels it is one that he wishes to pursue. He has played a big part in the club for many years and we all know he will give his best until his last minute in a Spurs shirt.

"We have several attacking options within our squad for the remaining dozen or so games of the season after Jermain departs and we shall keep our options under review.

"We also have a goal threat from players in other areas of the pitch including having wide players and attacking midfielders who will enable us to vary our shape when required."

Toronto boss Ryan Nelsen had cooled reports of Defoe moving to Canada by claiming that Spurs had received several offers for the England striker from English Champions League clubs.

Nelsen, a former Spurs team-mate of Defoe, said: "I think if you ask any Premier League club then they would take Jermain right now. I know Tottenham are getting offers everywhere for him - for his services at the moment - and from top-four clubs in England at the moment as well.

"I know Jermain, I know his ability, I know his character.

"All I can say is if a quality player like Jermain Defoe graces the MLS it will be an amazing coup for the league."

Defoe has spent nine years split across two spells with Tottenham, where his tally of 142 goals ranks him fifth among the club's all-time leading scorers.

He has scored nine this season but all but two of those have come in the Europa League, with Roberto Soldado and, more recently, Emmanuel Adebayor preferred in the starting line-up.

Reports in Canada claim that Toronto will pay Spurs around £6million for Defoe, whose current deal had 18 months left to run.

But he is expected to be paraded by Toronto on Monday after signing a four-year deal worth a reported £90,000 a week in what is one of the biggest deals in MLS history.

Spurs have also announced they will play Toronto in a pre-season friendly on July 23.

It has also been confirmed that USA international midfielder Michael Bradley will be joining Defoe in Toronto.

Serie A side Roma have announced that they have agreed a deal with the MLS for Bradley, who like Defoe, is set to be unveiled as a Toronto player on Monday.

The 26-year-old has played across Europe for the likes of Heerenveen, Borussia Monchengladbach, Aston Villa and Chievo since leaving the New York/New Jersey MetroStars - now the New York Red Bulls in 2005.

Bet with SkyBet  Player Specials. Click here to bet.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Champions League: Eden Hazard is in a race against time to be fit to face Atletico Madrid

Eden Hazard will need to return to full training quickly if he is to be considered for Tuesday's Champions League match.

Primera Liga: Leaders Atletico Madrid pull six points clear after 2-0 win over Elche

Joao Miranda and Diego Costa scored as Primera Liga leaders Atletico Madrid beat Elche 2-0 to pull six points clear.

Yaya Toure feels he does not get the respect he deserves because he is from Africa

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure feels he does not get the respect he deserves because he is from Africa.

Mail Box

Kieran's Not The Only One Keeping Notes

Another chap in the mailbox has been keeping notes on comments made by optimistic Man United fans. Plus, Garey Vance is offering a double-or-quits on his new tattoo...

Mignolet Is The Reason For Liverpool Flying

Mignolet's bad kicking is the reason for Liverpool's success, whilst one man keep notes on F365 mails. Plus England excitement, Arteta and a bad Walsall experience...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property