Tottenham Striker Jermain Defoe Quits White Hart Lane After Accepting Lucrative MLS Payday

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Englishman has turned down offers from both West Ham and QPR to move abroad. 

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Out-of-favour Tottenham Hotspur front man Jermain Defoe has decided to quit the north London club and move to Major League Soccer outfit Toronto FC next year in a deal worth £6 million, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.

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The England international has endured a frustrating campaign so far at White Hart Lane under Tottenham head coach Andre Villas-Boas, with the Portuguese preferring to go instead with recent new big-money signing Roberto Soldado up front in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Defoe has been used in the less important cup competitions, including the Uefa Europa League and the Capital One Cup, during which time the 31-year-old has managed to hit the back of the net on an impressive nine occasions in just seven matches.

However, the striker has now opted to end his career across the Pond by accepting Toronto’s £67,000-per-week contract offer, a deal that will include various bonuses and add ons, while the player’s family are also being flown out to Canada to help Defoe settle.

Defoe is still hoping to remain in north London until the MLS season gets back under way in March, while the Englishman will also seek talks with Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson over where this move now leaves him in relation to next summer’s World Cup.

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