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Defoe Leaves Tottenham For MLS

Tottenham Hotspur today confirmed that their unsettled striker, Jermain Defoe, will leave the club and join MLS side, Toronto FC, with effect from February 28, 2014.

The 31-year-old striker only started three Premier League games for the Lilywhites this season and was only number three in the pecking order of new manager, Tim Sherwood.

The striker, who scored 137 goals in his two stints at White Hart Lane, announced he had a fantastic time at the club and will give his all until he leaves.

"Everybody knows how much this Club means to me and I will play my heart out for the team and the fans until my last kick for the Club,” Defoe said. 

"I am grateful for the opportunity for myself and my family to experience living overseas and for me to play in the MLS with a contract that will take me to the age of 35."

Head Coach Tim Sherwood told Tottenham's website: "This is a great opportunity for Jermain and he feels it is one that he wishes to pursue.

"We have several attacking options within our squad for the remaining dozen or so games of the season after Jermain departs and we shall keep our options under review.

“We also have a goal threat from players in other areas of the pitch including having wide players and attacking midfielders who will enable us to vary our shape when required."

The deal is set to be worth £6m, a record for the American league, and Defoe will earn £90,000-a-week.

It also includes an Advertising Rights Agreement with Toronto FC owners, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. as well as a pre-season friendly when Tottenham tour North America in the summer.

With Defoe, another possibly forward solution for many Premier League clubs leaves England. Will we see any big names joining the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester United?

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