HITC Sport understands Portugal star Ricardo Quaresma is a target for Toronto FC.

Major League Soccer side Toronto FC are exploring a move for Besiktas and Portugal winger Ricardo Quaresma, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Toronto FC are looking to bring in a big-name signing to replace their all-time leading scorer Sebastian Giovinco who left the club to join Saudi outfit Al-Hilal in January.

Besiktas star Quaresma has emerged as one of Toronto’s top targets as they look to bring in a new designated player to fill the void left by Giovinco’s departure.

Quaresma was linked with a potential move to the Chinese Super League, but their transfer window has now closed leaving the path clear for Toronto FC to try and lure him to the MLS.

Toronto are ready to spend big to bring in a high-profile designated player ahead of the new season and Quaresma would fit the bill.

The 35-year-old has just over a year to run on his current contract at Besiktas and he will turn 36 just after the start of next season.

Quaresma boasts a wealth of experience having started his career at Sporting Lisbon before spells at Barcelona, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Besiktas, Al-Ahli and Porto before returning to Besiktas in 2015.

The skilful attacker, who helped Portugal win Euro 2016, saw his Portugal team-mate Nani make the move to MLS earlier this month when he joined Orlando FC and Quaresma is understood to be interested in a move to the MLS.

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