Jermain Defoe: Heading to the MLS and Toronto FC
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Tottenham have introduced that striker Jermain Defoe will depart the club to join Main League Soccer facet Toronto FC on the end of February.
Defoe, 31, first joined Spurs from West Ham in February 2004, making 177 appearances and scoring 64 targets earlier than joining Portsmouth 4 years later. He moved again to White Hart Lane a 12 months later and hit 78 objectives in 185 games.
He informed the club web site: “Everyone knows how a lot this club means to me and I will play my heart out for the group and the followers till my last kick for the membership. I have had a implausible time right here and the followers have at all times been amazing to me.
“I am grateful for the chance for myself and my household to experience living abroad and for me to play in the MLS with a contract that may take me to the age of 35.
“I have no doubt I shall be coming again as a fan supporting the workforce in the years to return too.”
Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood hinted he doesn’t count on to enter the switch market to exchange Defoe, adding: “This can be a great opportunity for Jermain and he feels it is one that he needs to pursue. He has played a giant part within the membership for many years and everyone knows he’ll give his best until his final minute in a Spurs shirt.
“We have a number of attacking choices within our squad for the remaining dozen or so video games of the season after Jermain departs and we will keep our options underneath assessment.
“We even have a objective menace from players in other areas of the pitch together with having broad gamers and attacking midfielders who will enable us to vary our shape when required.”
Toronto boss Ryan Nelsen had cooled reports of Defoe shifting to Canada by claiming that Spurs had obtained a number of affords for the England striker from English Champions League golf equipment.
Nelsen, a former Spurs staff-mate of Defoe, mentioned: “I believe in case you ask any Premier League membership then they would take Jermain proper now. I know Tottenham are getting presents everywhere for him – for his services in the mean time – and from top-four golf equipment in England at the moment as properly.
“I know Jermain, I do know his potential, I do know his character.
“All I can say is that if a quality participant like Jermain Defoe graces the MLS it will be an amazing coup for the league.”
Defoe has spent 9 years cut up across two spells with Tottenham, the place his tally of 142 objectives ranks him fifth among the many membership’s all-time main 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 within the beginning line-up.
Experiences in Canada claim that Toronto can pay Spurs around £6million for Defoe, whose present deal had 18 months left to run.
However he is expected to be paraded by Toronto on Monday after signing a 4-12 months deal worth a reported £90,000 a week in what is among the greatest offers in MLS history.
Spurs have additionally announced they may play Toronto in a pre-season friendly on July 23.
It has also been confirmed that USA worldwide midfielder Michael Bradley will likely be becoming a member of Defoe in Toronto.
Serie A side Roma have announced that they’ve agreed a take care of the MLS for Bradley, who like Defoe, is about to be unveiled as a Toronto player on Monday.
The 26-12 months-outdated 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.