On Transfer Deadline day it looked for all the world as if former Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe was on his way back to the Premier League from Major League Soccer. The England international joined Toronto FC in a £6 million deal in January of 2014. The move was largely facilitated by the manager of Toronto - ex-Spurs team-mate Ryan Nelsen.
But with Nelsen sacked at the end of August the club failed to confirm that Defoe was settled at the club, instead suggesting he could leave should a team come in with the right bid for his services.
The ex-Spurs player understandably had plenty of suitors. He was said to be wanted by Arsenal, a proposal swiftly rejected by the rumour mill. The more tangible links were with Leicester City and in particular QPR.
QPR boss Harry Redknapp worked with Defoe at West Ham, Portsmouth and Spurs - so would have been delighted to give him the chance to shine in England once again.
But in the end Toronto played it stubborn. QPR could not agree a move for his services and are instead likely to revisit their interest in the January transfer window - perhaps on a short-term loan spell.
However, despite reports of unrest for Defoe at the Canadian based club, he certainly seemed behind them last night. He posted this on Twitter just before Toronto welcomed Philadelphia Union to the BMO Field.
Big game for boys tonight good luck can't wait to be back out there scoring #goals— Jermain Defoe (@IAmJermainDefoe) September 6, 2014
However a team consisting the likes of Luke Moore, Bradley Orr and Michael Bradley were beaten 2-0 by Phillie - leaving big-spending Toronto without a win in five games.
Defoe is scheduled to be back in action in a week or so, Toronto will need him fast if they are to have any chance of making the play-offs.