Here in the Football Transfer Tavern we’ve been waiting to discover if the rumours about Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe switching the Premier League for the MLS will prove correct.
Today’s copy of The Telegraph confirms the news by reporting that his move to MLS outfit Toronto could be announced at a press conference on Monday with the England international set to pen a contract in excess of £90,000-a-week.
The 31-year-old forward will cost the Canadian club a fee of around £6 million for a player with only 18 months to run on his present deal which here in tavern we view as good value for the north London club.
An loan option for Defoe to return to White Hart Lane until the MLS season starts in March appears likely with Spurs looking low in numbers up-front and as one Spurs punter quips, it is either him or relying on Roberto Soldado for the rest of the campaign.
That would see Defoe joining up with his new side and former Spurs team-mate, Toronto head coach Ryan Nelsen in time for the MLS kick off on March 15th.
We are unsure if this transfer will positively affect Defoe’s chances of landing a place in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.
But having started only three Premier League games this term, with his goal scoring exploits mostly coming in the Europa League, it seems the right time for Defoe to depart Tottenham.
His expected transfer could spark Spurs into life during the transfer window as they search for additional back up in attack. Unsettled Argentine winger Erik Lamela could also depart on loan to the Serie A and that could see at least two players brought into the club by newly-appointed manager Tim Sherwood.
Who should Spurs look to as a replacement for Defoe? Let us know your thoughts below.
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