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Defoe linked with move back to England

Toronto FC has admitted that it is in talks with an unidentified club interested in the 31-year-old English striker.

TORONTO — Could Jermain Defoe be headed back to England already?

Tim Bezbatchenko, general manager of Toronto FC, didn't rule out the possibility when asked on Sunday about reports of the star striker's possible imminent transfer back to the Premier League.

"As far as I'm concerned, Jermain Defoe is with TFC," Bezbatchenko said. "It's important for Jermain to be here, because he is a great player. But if things change then we'll adjust."

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Defoe has reportedly drawn interest from Queens Park Rangers, a club based in his hometown of London. The striker is currently back in England rehabbing a sports hernia, and Bezbatchenko admitted that there have been talks between TFC and an unidentified club.

"We receive offers all the time, especially for a player like Jermain," Bezbatchenko said. "We have received an offer and we have discussed it internally. I think that when you score as many goals as he has and you have the reputation and background that he has it's not uncommon to receive these offers.

"We've received, actually, multiple offers before over the course of this year. So I want to confirm that we're in talks, but we have a relationship with Jermain too. We're speaking with him and no decisions have been made.

"We'll discuss it over the next 24 hours."

Defoe has scored 11 goals in 16 MLS games with TFC, but he has also missed considerable time due to injury. In addition to his current ailment, the 31-year-old sat out the entire month of April with a hamstring injury.

A 55-times capped England international, Defoe signed a four-year deal with Toronto in January. He was introduced alongside fellow designated player Michael Bradley, who had also agreed to a big money move over the winter.

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