London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – The Tottenham Hotspur announced that they have dealt striker Jermain Defoe to Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC in a deal worth over £8m.
Defoe will move to Toronto at the end of February just before the start of the Major League Soccer season.
Coach Ryan Nelsen revealed that top-four clubs in England were also interested with Defoe.
The 31-year-old, who scored 142 goals in nine years with Spurs across two spells, told the club’s official website that he remained determined to end his time at White Hart Lane on a high.
“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,” Defoe said of the Spur.
His MLS contract expires when he is 35 and he hopes to come back to Tottenham to support the Spur as a fan.
As part of the deal, Spurs will play a friendly against Toronto on July 23 as part of their preseason tour, while they have agreed an advertising and marketing rights deal with TFC owners Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE).