With Tottenham reportedly targeting more striking firepower, Jermain Defoe could be set for a move to the MLS
Tottenham reportedly have a £40m transfer kitty for manager Andre Villas-Boas to play with in the January transfer window, though reports suggest that the former Chelsea boss doesn't tihnk there will be much quality available in the New Year, and would rather save the money until next summer.
Regardless, speculation continues to swirl, linking Spurs with more strikers – Christian Benteke, Mirko Vucinic and Jackson Martinez to name but a few – and with Emmanuel Adebayor strongly linked with a move to Turkey with Besiktas, there could yet be an incoming in the striking department.
Adebayor may not be the only striker to leave White Hart Lane though, with Jermain Defoe now a reported target Toronto FC, as stated on the official MLS website.
Managed by former team mate Ryan Nelsen, Defoe could become the first big signing of new general manager Tim Bezbatchenko's reign, which is expected to bring a number of stars to the club – though he didn't confirm his interest in Defoe.
“I think once you say Serie A and England and you look at the rosters of the teams, who’s doing well and who might have an interest looking at the age, I think people can surmise a certain list of players,” Bezbatchenko said “It is what it is. I’m not going to say whether it’s true or not."
“We need to score goals," he said. "If we can get a No. 9 and a No. 10, that would be great ... It’s up to the players to decide if they want to come to MLS. You need around 46 or 47 (goals in a season) to be playoff-eligible. We need to be looking for that."
The next few months will be critical for Defoe, with a place in England's 2014 World Cup squad up for grabs. A move to the MLS could seriously harm his chances of securing a place in Roy Hodgson's 23-man squad that will travel to Brazil, with the level of competition likely to deter Hodgson from picking the 31 year old.
Whilst he may earn more money in the MLS and with a possible last big pay day on the cards, Defoe may miss out on his last chance to appear at the World Cup. It may seem wise to move on and secure first team football, but moving to Toronto would take him out of the spotlight – presenting a chance to other strikers like Rickie Lambert, Andy Carroll or even Saido Berahino. It just depends what is more important to Defoe at this stage of his career.