Is Jermain Defoe heading off to Canada?

Spurs striker Jermain Defoe has reportedly agreed a deal to move to Toronto FC in January

Defoe has failed to earn himself a regular starting place at Tottenham Hotspur this season. Andre Villas Boas has preferred Roberto Soldado to Jermain, and with only one striker used in his formation, Defoe has had to settle for a place on the bench.

He has of course shown he can still regularly find the net when played in the Europa League. He has an exceptional record in that competition, with five goals already this season. Nevertheless he has been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane in January. It may be a move he needs in order to stake his claim for a place in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad.

He has been linked with former club West Ham United, as well as former manager Harry Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers. However The Mirror have today reported that Defoe has agreed a move to Major League Soccer side, Toronto FC. Just last week Tottenham said that they would not sell their striker for less than £6.5 million, so it seems the Canadian outfit have met that valuation.

Defoe will reportedly sign a four-year deal, worth £90,000 a week. Has the 31-year-old put money before his World Cup chances? That is a great deal for him to be on for the next four years, tying him down till he is 35. But there will surely have been some Premier League clubs interested in his signature. Hodgson is more likely to watch him, and be impressed with his exploits in the Premier League as opposed to the MLS.

Toronto FC manager Ryan Nelsen, will of course know plenty about Defoe, having played with him at Spurs under Redknapp. The deal would reportedly see Defoe stay with Spurs until just before the MLS season starts in March. Toronto are also willing to fly out his whole family to Canada and help them settle. It would certainly be a drop down in standards for Defoe, but with that sort of offer, can you blame him?

Is a move to Toronto FC the right one for Defoe?

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