Report: West Ham join QPR in chase for Toronto’s Jermaine Defoe


Jermain Defoe’s future at Toronto FC is still uncertain.

On Deadline Day the England striker was the subject of a last-gasp bid from Queens Park Rangers which Toronto turned down after the firing of manager Ryan Nelsen. Since then, Defoe hasn’t played for TFC but new manager Greg Vanney said the striker he’s itching to get back to BMO Field after nursing a groin injury.

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However, reports from the Daily Express suggest Defoe is now being courted by the club where he came through the ranks, West Ham United, as well as QPR, as his future at Toronto remains uncertain as the January transfer window looms.

Defoe, 31, only joined TFC in March but after Nelsen’s public spat with GM Tim Bezbatchenko led to his firing, rumors continue about the predatory forwards future as.

Along with Michael Bradley, the arrival of Defoe was meant to signal a new era for TFC as they aimed to dominate MLS. Instead, they are struggling to make the playoffs and with a league record transfer bid rejected by Toronto for Defoe on September 1, reportedly in the region of $10 million, it seems as though the Englishman could be on his way at the end of this season.

Injuries have limited Defoe to 16 games in MLS this season but he has scored 11 times and if he returns from injury to help them reach the playoffs, his time in Ontario will be deemed a success. That said, it seems like it might not last for that much longer as Premier League sides line him up as the perfect January arrival.

Toronto are currently three points out of the playoff places after beating Chivas USA 3-0 on Sunday, but have a game in hand as they aim to make the postseason for the first time in club history. Defoe might not be around for next season, but if he returns in the next few weeks to fire TFC to the playoffs, his mission could well be complete in Toronto and the PL will beckon for the English forward, once again.