There are gasps of disbelief in the Football Transfer Tavern this morning as Darren Lewis from Mirror Football bursts into the bar with breaking news of a high profile departure from White Hart Lane.
Lewis claims to amazed Spurs supporters that striker Jermain Defoe has decided to end his time at Tottenham and will now link up with MLS side Toronto FC during the January window.
The England international forward is set to pen a bumper £90,000-a-week deal with the Canadian side as he joins up with former Spurs defender Ryan Nelsen, who is now manager of the MLS outfit.
Despite being the only regular scorer in the Tottenham side, Defoe, who has found the net nine times this season, has been restricted to brief league appearances with most of his game time coming in the Europa League.
This has the seen the unhappy 31-year-old linked with moves away from Spurs with Harry Redknapp eyeing up his former striker at QPR but Lewis suggests that the Championship club have now been gazumped by Toronto.
There are also further intriguing reports around in the tavern that Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas is on the brink of losing his job at White Hart Lane, according to The Guardian.
The Lilywhites host Premier League champions Manchester United at the weekend and the Portuguese boss must get a positive result to have any chance of maintaining his role with Daniel Levy reportedly ready to wield the axe.
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