England striker Jermain Defoe makes MLS move

Jermain Defoe

Tottenham Hotspur have announced that they have reached an agreement with Toronto FC for the transfer of England striker Jermain Defoe.

The fee for the 31 year old striker is believed to be around £6m and the player will only move on February 28th, he will be eligible to play for Spurs until this date.

Defoe joined Tottenham from West Ham in February 2004, in his first spell at Spurs he made 177 appearances scoring 64 goals before leaving from Portsmouth in January 2008. The England international re-signed a year later and since has made 185 appearances scoring 78 goals. Defoe is fifth on the list of all time top Tottenham goal scorers.

The England striker also has impressive international form with 55 appearances and 19 goals.

Defoe told the Tottenham website “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.

“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 years to come too.”

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment President & CEO Tim Leiweke tol the Toronto FC website “We are thrilled, for our club and for our fans, with the opportunity to bring a global football superstar like Jermain Defoe to Toronto FC.

Simultaneously to the announcement of the transfer Spurs announced that they would be playing Toronto FC during their pre-season summer tour,  that game will take place on July 23rd 2014, in-between fixtures with Seattle Sounders on July 19th and Chicago Fire on July 26th.