A deal has been struck for Jermain Defoe to join MLS club Toronto FC from Tottenham Hotspurs, with the switch taking effect on February 28 2014 when the MLS season begins.
Joining from West Ham in 2004, the England international scored 64 goals in 177 games before leaving to Portsmouth in 2008. However only after a year the England international rejoined the White Hart Lane club to score 78 goals in 184 games.
“Everybody knows how much this Club means to me and I will play my heart out for the team and the fans until my last kick for the Club. I have had a fantastic time here and the fans have always been amazing to me,” Defoe told the Tottenham official website.
“I am grateful for the opportunity for myself and my family to experience living overseas and for me to play in the MLS with a contract that will take me to the age of 35. I have no doubt I shall be coming back as a fan supporting the team in the years to come too.”
Tim Sherwood also only had good things to say about the departing striker.
“This is a great opportunity for Jermain and he feels it is one that he wishes to pursue,” Sherwood stated.
“He has played a big part in the Club for many years and we all know he will give his best until his last minute in a Spurs shirt.”
Jermain Defoe’s move to the MLS will strengthen his bid for a place in the English World Cup side after being dropped down the Spurs pecking order to Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor.
He will also be joined by Michael Bradley from Roma who just completed a $10 million deal.