Toronto FC chief discusses Jermain Defoe's future with ESPN

Defoe

Premier League clubs have yet to make a satisfactory bid for Jermain Defoe, claims Toronto FC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko.

Toronto FC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko has told ESPN FC that the MLS club are still to receive a bid that would make them think about selling Jermain Defoe.

Defoe, 32, is known to be angling for a move back to England this month after just one underwhelming season in Toronto, with the likes of Crystal Palace, Hull, Leicester, Liverpool, Queens Park Rangers, Sunderland and former club Tottenham Hotspur all linked to his signature.

The unsettled striker has in fact spent the past week training with Spurs, who are reported to be his preferred destination, but his £70,000-per-week wages have so far proved a stumbling block to a possible Premier League return.

Speaking at the MLS SuperDraft combine, Bezbatchenko appeared resigned to losing Defoe in the coming weeks, but added that there is no deal in place at this point in time for the England international.

"With a player of Defoe's quality, you're going to get offers from the top of the table and the bottom of the table,” he said.

“We don't want to lose him, but you have to work with your players, all of them. If there's an offer that makes sense, we'll take it back and consider it with our ownership group. But we haven't gotten anything yet that would make the deal happen."

With Defoe keen to cut ties with Toronto, the Canadian outfit are said to have dropped their asking price for his signature at the weekend from £6 million to just £3 million, while also lining up Sunderland misfit Jozy Altidore as a potential replacement.

A swap deal between the two sides for the pair has been mooted, but MLS rivals the New York Red Bulls are also still said to be in the running to land the US international’s signature, as well as at least two European clubs.

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch