Defoe set to join Toronto for MLS record fee

The 31-year-old striker will be unveiled on Monday following a disappointing season at Spurs and is expected to earn at least £90,000-a-week at the BMO Field
By Rudi Schuller

Out-of-favour Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is set to join Toronto FC for £6 million, an MLS record, after the clubs agreed terms on Wednesday.

The 31-year-old, who has started only three Premier League games all season, will put his disappointing Spurs campaign behind him and sign a four-year deal at the Canadian-based side.

Defoe will be unveiled at a press conference on Monday ahead of a move that is expected to earn him at least £90,000-a-week, while the entire deal, which includes the fee and total salary, is estimated to be around £30.5m.

The England international had been linked with a move to West Ham but the switch had failed to materialise.

Meanwhile, Toronto have recaptured former attacker Dwayne De Rosario, while Roma midfielder Michael Bradley, who has struggled for first-team football, is in advanced negotiations with the club and could be unveiled alongside Defoe, Goal has learned.

If the American is signed he will be on a designated player contract, pushing TFC's number of DPs to four.

MLS roster rules currently only allow for a maximum of three DPs per team, and with Defoe and recently signed Brazilian Gilberto also taking up spots, that leaves Argentine midfielder Matias Laba as the most likely to be moved on.

The flurry of high-priced moves could prove to be a big juggling act for TFC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko, but he'll be helped by the reduction of De Rosario's wage. The Toronto native, who counted as a DP for D.C. United last season, agreed to a much smaller wage to return to his hometown club.