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Toronto FC Blocked Jermain Defoe’s Premier League Return: QPR And Leicester Spurned

Canadian outfit put the breaks on England star’s return home.

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Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe failed in his attempts to push through a deal to return to the Premier League on transfer deadline day in an attempt to end his stint at the club just six months after joining, according to Telegraph.

Leicester City and Queens Park Rangers failed in bids to sign Defoe, despite the fact the striker had flown back to England in the hope of completing a transfer deadline move, whilst Arsenal passed up the chance to bring him on board after Arsene Wenger was given the chance to bring him on board.

Defoe penned a £90,000-per-week contract with the Canadians back in February, but is already thought to be keen on making a move away as he is concerned that the standard of football there is not as good as he originally thought.

However, Toronto sought to pull the plug on any potential move, and now any interested parties will have to try again when the January transfer window rolls around.

Defoe has scored 12 goals in 17 games for Toronto, but has struggled to adapt to his new life and was upset to see head coach Ryan Nelsen and his backroom staff sacked.

Toronto general manager Tim Bezbatchenko had confirmed the club had talked to Defoe about his future and said: “This is for everyone. If you’re not 100 per cent committed to what we’re doing, then we have to sit down and talk and figure out what’s the best plan of action.

“We like to sit down and talk to people. There’s always an ability to mutually change contracts and do things. You have a conversation and you make sure your goals are aligned, and if they’re not then you discuss options from there.”

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