Defoe ready to quit Tottenham for Toronto move

Out-of-favour striker Jermain Defoe is ready to quit Tottenham Hotspur in favour of a lucrative move to MLS side Toronto, the Daily Mail has reported.

Toronto are coached by Defoe’s former Tottenham teammate Ryan Nelsen and the Canadian club will offer the England striker £90,000 per week to call time on his Premier League career, having offered Spurs £6m for the England international.

Defoe has featured sparingly under Andre Villas-Boas this season, with his appearances largely restricted to the Europa League. Defoe has nevertheless been prolific, notching nine goals in 15 games – mostly in Europe, with a brace in the League Cup win over Aston Villa.

The former West Ham and Portsmouth striker is said to be concerned he will be forced out of White Hart Lane in January as Tottenham seek to add striking reinforcements, having signed Roberto Soldado from Valencia over the summer. Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor were both offered around to interested parties in the close season, only for both to remain at Spurs.

Defoe however took as a bad sign the fact that he was not offered a contract extension at the same time as Kyle Walker and Andros Townsend despite having the same length of time on his existing deal as his England colleagues.

The 31-year-old is in his second spell at the club, having originally joined from the Hammers in February 2004. He left Spurs in January 2008 for a year with Portsmouth, returning in 2009. Defoe recently became Tottenham’s all-time leading goal scorer in European competition.

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