Toronto FC have completed the signing of Spurs striker Jermain Defoe.
Jermain Defoe has completed his switch to Toronto FC. The striker has signed a four-year deal at the MLS outfit, reportedly worth £90,000 per week. He will join his new team on February 28th.
“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. I have had a fantastic time here and the fans have always been amazing to me.
“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,” said Defoe.
Tottenham Hotspur will receive an estimated transfer fee of £6m for the 31-year old striker. Defoe still had a contract at Spurs until June 2015.
Defoe joined Spurs from West Ham United in January 2004 in a £7m move which saw then Spurs striker Bobby Zamora move in the opposite direction.
The 31-year old England international left the club in January 2008 when he moved to Portsmouth. He returned only a year later when Harry Redknapp, the manager who brought him to Portsmouth, re-signed the striker for Spurs for an estimated £15m transfer fee.
Defoe scored 90 goals in 274 league appearances during his two spells at Tottenham. He was the club’s top goalscorer both in the 2004/05 (13 league goals) and 2009/10 (18 league goals) season.
He recently became the club’s all-time top goalscorer in Europe, surpassing the legendary Martin Chivers. Defoe scored 23 goals in 34 European cup games for Spurs. Defoe is ranked 5th among Spurs’ all-time goalscorers with 142 goals in 356 appearances (0.39 goals per game).