The Toronto Sun has reported that "Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe will be unveiled as TFC's newest Designated Player Monday morning".
No direct mention of Defoe appeared on the club's own official website, but an image on the home page carries the words "It's a bloody big deal", accompanied by Monday's date.
That link leads to a video, posted by Toronto FC on YouTube and described by the Toronto Sun as "a cheeky (club) marketing campaign", of a man in a white polo shirt sitting in what resembles an English cafe. The man drinks from a cup of tea before spitting the drink out in shock at what he has seen on a television screen, before Toronto's logo appears beside him.
Should Defoe head to Major League Soccer, he will do so following 15-and-a-half years in English football and nine with Tottenham, split across two spells which have yielded 142 goals. That tally leaves him fifth among the club's all-time leading goalscorers.
He has scored nine this season, two in September 24's Premier League win over Aston Villa with the rest coming in the Europa League. He has struggled to break into the starting line-up under coaches Andre Villas-Boas and his replacement Tim Sherwood, though, with Roberto Soldado and most recently Emmanuel Adebayor preferred.
Meanwhile, Michael Bradley is reportedly leaving Roma for Toronto FC too after the arrival of Radja Nainggolan.
The American midfielder had already not been given much playing time this season, but that was destined to shrink even more following the signing of Nainggolan from Cagliari.
Bologna and Hellas Verona were named as options, but American and Canadian reports strongly suggest a deal with Toronto FC.
The deal is expected to be worth €7m and the 26-year-old has not played in the MLS since leaving New York Red Bulls in January 2006.
He has played for Heerenveen in Holland, Germany’s Borussia Monchengladbach, Aston Villa in England and both Chievo and Roma in Serie A.
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