After a day of speculation, Spurs have confirmed the sale of Jermain Defoe to MLS side Toronto for the start of the new US season. It marks the end of a long career, spanning nine years and two spells in which Defoe has become one of the greatest goal scorers in the club’s history.
“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,” said Jermain on Tottenham’s official website.
“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 the years to come too.”
There are other additions to the deal, including a pre-season friendly in the summer, along with advertising rights but the sale of the striker is big news. It also raises a pertinent question: With JD leaving at the end of next month will the club look for a replacement in January or will it keep faith in Soldado and Adebayor with Harry Kane as back up?