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Nelsen wants Defoe at Toronto

Toronto FC coach Ryan Nelsen confirmed he is hoping to bring Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe to the Canadian MLS side.

Jermain Defoe has given Spurs the lead against Tromso.
Jermain Defoe is being targeted by MLS side Toronto FC.

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Nelsen played alongside Defoe at Tottenham a couple of seasons back and would relish the chance to sign the ‘most natural goal scorer’ he has ever come across, in comments that suggest a deal may be possible.

“To get a guy like Defoe for MLS, I cannot think of many that are more suited,” Nelsen told TSN. “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. He is one of the most natural goal-scorers I have ever come across and would complement a league like ours. He never gets injured, doesn’t drink, can play high, low and scores all sorts of goals.”

Defoe is second choice striker at Tottenham as coach Andre Villas-Boas favours Roberto Soldado for Premier League games, yet the England striker has been in fine scoring form when given his chance to shine in Europa League and Capital One Cup ties.

Meanwhile, reports suggest former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is also keen to take Defoe to goal-shy Queens Park Rangers if he is considered to be surplus to requirements in the next transfer window.

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