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Defoe will soon be saying farewell to Tottenham.
Friday January 10
Tottenham announced on their official website on Friday that they had "reached agreement with Toronto FC for the transfer of Jermain Defoe to the MLS side, with effect from February 28, 2014."
It will bring to an end the second of two spells in North London for the England striker, over which time he moved into fifth in the club's all-time top scorers list.
Defoe said the following about his leaving Spurs and joining Toronto:
Everybody knows how much this Club means to me and I will play my heart out for the team and the fans until my last kick for the Club. I have had a fantastic time here and the fans have always been amazing to me.
I am grateful for the opportunity for myself and my family to experience living overseas and for me to play in the MLS with a contract that will take me to the age of 35. I have no doubt I shall be coming back as a fan supporting the team in the years to come too.
Spurs manager Tim Sherwood added:
This is a great opportunity for Jermain and he feels it is one that he wishes to pursue. He has played a big part in the Club for many years and we all know he will give his best until his last minute in a Spurs shirt.
Defoe could play his last game for Tottenham and at White Hart Lane against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the Europa League on February 27.
Part of the deal will see Toronto host Spurs as part of the latter's North American tour next summer whilst the two clubs have also engaged on a Advertising Rights Agreement.