Jermain Defoe is on the verge of leaving Tottenham to sign for Toronto FC, with the deal potentially set to go through by Monday, according to reports from The Telegraph.

The striker has become a peripheral figure at White Hart Lane in recent times, with Andre Villas-Boas and new boss Tim Sherwood both having overlooked him on multiple occasions.

This has led to speculation of a move away from North London for some time, with a number of Premier League and Championship sides having been linked with his signature.

However, a move to the MLS appears to be on the cards, with a £6m deal close to completion.

Defoe will pocket a huge £90,000-per-week with the Canadian giants – who play in the USA’s top football league – and is hopeful that playing regularly will boost his World Cup hopes.

The 31-year-old is thought to have held discussions with Roy Hodgson, and although playing Stateside will nothing for his long-term Three Lions ambitions, good form in the run up to the tournament could book him a spot in the 23-man squad for the Brazil-based competition.

It is also thought that Toronto will sanction a loan back option, which will allow Defoe to stay at Tottenham until March.

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