Striker Agrees £90k-A-Week Four-Year Contract Ahead Of £6million Move – Will Tottenham Miss Jermain Defoe?
Jermain Defoe has agreed a four-year contract with Toronto FC worth £90,000-a-week after the Canadian club struck a deal worth £6m with Tottenham to buy him.
Although the summer transfer window is officially closed that doesn’t stop clubs working hard behind the scenes to prepare for future signings, so we’ll keep you up-to-date with all the latest gossip. Today, Jermain Defoe looks set to leave Tottenham.
Jermain Defoe has agreed a four-year contract with Toronto FC worth £90,000-a-week after the Canadian club struck a deal worth £6m with Tottenham to buy the striker in January, according to the Mirror.
Defoe has found first team football hard to come by this season and has been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane after being forced to play second fiddle to big-money summer signing Roberto Soldado.
The Mirror claim the 31-year-old has snubbed interest from the likes of QPR and West Ham and will make a shock move to Canada to join Major League Soccer side Toronto FC in a £6m deal after agreeing a four-year contract worth £90,000-a-week including bonuses.
The newspaper suggests the striker will seek talks with England boss Roy Hodgson before rubber-stamping the deal as he wants to know if the move will affect his chances of making the squad for next summers World Cup, but all the signs are he will now end his career in Canada.
Toronto are managed by former Spurs team-mate Ryan Nelsen, so it’s safe to assume the defender has played a key role in luring Defoe away from the Premiership when he still had offers to remain in England.
Spurs have been goal-shy this season with Soldado yet to find the target from open-play, but despite their troubles, AVB has refused to call upon Defoe’s services and it seems he’s finally lost patience. The Mirror do suggest that the player is hoping to remain in north London until March before the 2014 MLS season kicks off, but it remains to be seen whether Toronto will agree to this.
Defoe has been with Spurs since re-joining the club in 2009 following a season at Portsmouth and despite never really cementing himself as a first team regular, he’s still managed to score 78 goals in 179 games for the club over the past six years, with many of those appearances coming from the subs bench.
Some Spurs fans think he’s not been given a fair chance this season, particularly when you consider how poorly Soldado has played at times, while others feel he doesn’t bring enough to the team and doesn’t deserve to start. There’s little doubt he’s a natural goal-scorer and Spurs may well miss his threat from the bench if he does end up leaving in January, and losing someone who can find the back of the net is the last thing Villas-Boas needs right now.
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