There he is! Ladies and Gentleman, we have a Jermain Defoe sighting.
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Since making his last appearance on a soccer pitch for Toronto FC on Oct. 11 2014, the English forward has been linked with transfers to Leicester City, Liverpool and Queens Park Rangers among others, as Defoe’s future at BMO Field looks incredibly fragile after his first season in Major League Soccer ended acrimoniously.
Following the firing of Ryan Nelsen (the coach who he played with at Spurs and who sold him the TFC and MLS dream), outgoing CEO of Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment (MLSE) Tim Leiweke also spoke out publicly against Defoe and his apparent desires to head back to the Premier League. Leiweke told the man who scored 11 goals in 19 appearances for TFC that he should “‘get the hell out of our way” if he wanted to head back to England.
Now, he is in England and is back with his old club Tottenham Hotspur… but just on a training stint to stay sharp ahead of the 2015 MLS season. Or, more likely, a move back to the Premier League.
With Defoe, 32, widely expected to sign for a PL team during the January transfer window, seeing him turn up at Tottenham for a spot of training will only add further fuel to the fire. Defoe had previously been spending time with his personal trainer in France, as the Englishman kept his followers on Twitter up to date with his training regime.
On Thursday QPR boss Harry Redknapp, who signed Defoe while he was at Portsmouth and Tottenham as manager while also giving him his start in professional soccer at West Ham, confirmed that the R’s are trying to make loan signings in the window. However, it is believed that Toronto are willing to keep Defoe unless a team comes in with a big offer to sign the predatory forward outright.
Here’s a message from Spurs, as Defoe’s future as an MLS player continues to look extremely bleak…