Tottenham Hotspur want to add Jermain Defoe to their staff after reaching an agreement with Yaya Toure, according to Sky Sports News.
Toure, formerly of Manchester City and Barcelona, has already been working with the Lilywhites in order to earn his coaching badges, and he will now take up a permanent position.
Defoe, meanwhile, announced his retirement from playing at the end of March and is now lining up his next move.
The English striker had two spells with Spurs during his career, joining from West Ham in a £9.45million deal in 2004. He would then make a £14.76million move to Portsmouth in January 2008, but only lasted a year at Fratton Park before returning to Spurs.
Defoe spent another five years in North London, bidding farewell to the club in 2014 when he headed off to MLS outfit Toronto.
Presenter Bela Shah broke two pieces of news live on air on Tuesday morning.
With Spurs having finalised the appointment of Toure, they’re now closing in on a deal with Defoe.
“Plenty of breaking news today,” she said. “This concerns Tottenham. They’ve made an agreement with Yaya Toure to become an academy coach at the club.
“And talks [are] also at an advanced stage to bring in Jermain Defoe to take up a similar role.”
This isn’t Defoe’s first coaching gig. He may only be 39 years old, but he already has some valuable experience to bring to the role.
He worked as an assistant to Steven Gerrard at Rangers from June until November last year, in combination with playing duties.
Gerrard believes Defoe can utilise his ‘amazing experience’ in a new capacity and pass on his ‘professionalism’ to the players.
The Londoner is the ninth-highest goalscorer in Premier League history, and so Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson suggested that he would be particularly helpful for up-and-coming attackers.
Could this be the first step of an illustrious career in the dugout?
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