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Football: Tottenham's Defoe is Toronto bound: Reports

Published on Jan 9, 2014 6:21 AM
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Tottenham Hotspur's Jermain Defoe celebrates scoring against Sheriff Tiraspol during their Europa League soccer match at White Hart Lane in London, on Nov 7, 2013. Defoe will leave Tottenham Hotspur and join Major League Soccer's Toronto FC, according to Canadian media reports on Wednesday. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

TORONTO, Canada (AFP) - England striker Jermain Defoe will leave Tottenham Hotspur and join Major League Soccer's Toronto FC, according to Canadian media reports on Wednesday.

The stunning move would see 31-year-old Defoe introduced in Toronto on Monday before rejoining Spurs until March 1, when he would officially become part of the North American side just two weeks before its season opener at Seattle, according to the Toronto Star.

Toronto FC has released a series of short promotional videos with the catchphrase "It's a bloody big deal" with Monday's date.

Canada's TSN Sports network reported that Defoe was expected in Canada this weekend to complete the deal for an MLS record transfer fee above US$10 million (S$12.7 million) and a salary of about US$150,000 a week.

 
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