Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has reportedly agreed a £90,000-per-week move to Major League Soccer outfit Toronto, adding to Andre Villas-Boas' stress levels during a difficult week.
Darren Lewis of the Mirror claims limited game time has forced the Englishman to "cut his losses and move on," leaving Spurs short on strikers in January:
The 31-year-old Tottenham and England striker has shattered the hopes of domestic clubs bidding to land him in January by accepting a stunning four-year offer to move to Canada.
Defoe said yes to the deal, also worth £6million to the White Hart Lane club, last week.
The alleged deal comes after a month of speculation regarding Defoe's future. Lewis originally reported the offer after Toronto coach Ryan Nelsen—Defoe's former teammate at Spurs—spoke highly of the experienced forward on Oct. 30:
He is one of the most natural goal-scorers I have ever come across. Always out training, always trying to score. To get a guy like Defoe for MLS, I cannot think of many that are more suited - I think if you ask most Premier League teams, they would take Defoe.
It would be incredible. I call him and text him all the time. Him playing in Toronto would be phenomenal.
Nelsen also claimed he's "not sure how realistic" Defoe's potential transfer would prove to be, but it seems the former New Zealand captain has managed to land his man.
Defoe has experienced limited opportunities in Spurs' first team since the arrival of Roberto Soldado from Valencia.
The former West Ham, Bournemouth and Portsmouth player has started just one Premier League game and made seven substitute appearances this season. As reported by WhoScored, he is yet to score a goal in the domestic division.
Villas-Boas has focused on Defoe in the Europa League, a competition that has seen the striker net five goals in four starts.
Even so, the Portuguese manager has opted to remain patient with Soldado, who has been extremely disappointing during his first few months at the North London club. Three of his four Premier League goals have been from the penalty spot as the player fails to insert his presence from open play.
As summarised during the club's recent 6-0 loss to Manchester City, he goes missing for large periods of matches and simply cannot influence the score playing in a lone role up top.
Defoe's reported decision to join the MLS may have been accelerated by events at the Etihad.
Villas-Boas opted to bring on Emmanuel Adebayor for his first appearance of the season when Spurs needed a goal, suggesting the club's most prolific goalscorer is no longer wanted by a manager who was recently defended by Jan Vertonghen.
The Belgian centre-back battled claims of a player revolt against the boss, per Jamie Jackson of The Guardian.
Is it the right time for Jermain Defoe to move on?
Defoe simply cannot afford to regularly sit on the bench if he wishes to take up residency in Roy Hodgson's England squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Despite signing a contract extension last summer that would keep him around until July 2014, as indicated in Lewis' report, the ageing forward has no time to sit back and relax if he wants to be on the plane.
Such occurrences have allegedly conglomerated to provide Defoe, who has spent a total of eight years in two different spells at Spurs during his career, with little option other than to move on.