The former Celtic and Leeds United centre-back has spoken with a number of teams about a second spell across the Atlantic but “would find it difficult to make a deal work” at present.

Former Toronto FC defender Darren O’Dea has confirmed to the Football in Europe podcast that he has held talks with MLS clubs about a potential return to North America this winter.

The 28-year-old Irishman has recently been playing for Mumbai City in the Indian Super League but is now weighing up his next move ahead of his contract expiring on 22 December.

HITC reported earlier this month that several MLS clubs, including Toronto, have expressed interest in signing the former Celtic and Leeds United centre-back for 2016, and O’Dea himself has now admitted that a second spell across the Atlantic is not out of the question after speaking with “a few teams”.

However, with his family to think about, he also stressed that he may have to look for something closer to home instead.

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“I’ve ideas in my head, but at the end of the day you’re at the mercy of other clubs,” said O’Dea. “MLS is of course an option, but I would I would find it difficult to make a deal work out there.

“Obviously, it’d be a big move for my family, but I have spoken to a few teams out there and it’s a league I obviously know well and a league I absolutely love.

“But it’s more complicated than just skyping a deal between me and the club. I obviously have other people to think about, with my wife and my daughter.

“I do have ambitions to still see other countries and cultures as well, though, but I could say that and then sign a long-term deal back in Britain and spent the rest of my days there, so I really don’t know.”

O’Dea originally joined Toronto in August 2012 after being released by Celtic and went on to make 26 regular season appearances for the Canadian side over the next 11 months.

The former Hoops academy product was even handed the club captaincy following Torsten Frings’ retirement but later opted to leave BMO Field in the summer of 2013 to sign a lucrative deal with Ukrainian outfit Metalurh Donetsk.

However, he eventually cancelled his three-year contract early in August 2014 due to the unrest in the country and has since taken in six-month spells at both Blackpool and Mumbai.