Toronto are keeping tabs on both Defoe and Eto’o.
Toronto FC are keen on bringing Jermain Defoe to MLS but are also targeting a move for Chelsea forward Samuel Eto’o, according to The Sun.
The Canadian club have never made big steps in the North American league, but have employed chief executive Tim Leiweke – the man who reportedly convinced David Beckham to join LA Galaxy – to try to change that
Funds have been made available to bring in two international stars and the out-of-favour Defoe and Eto’o are two of their first choices.
The Englishman has been left sidelined at White Hart Lane since the £26m arrival of Roberto Soldado from Valencia this summer.
However, with Spurs having only scored nine Premier League goals all season and six from open play, manager Andre Villas-Boas may be looking at other attacking options.
Sky Sports report that QPR, Stoke City and West Brom have all shown an interest in Defoe, meaning Tottenham may cash in on the 31-year-old and look to sign a new striker – with Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez the No.1 choice, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Eto’o meanwhile had started poorly with the Blues since signing from Anzhi Makhachkala in the summer.
But the Cameroon international has found some form of late and has netted three times in the last two games – including a brace against Schalke 04 in the Champions League.
The 32-year-old signed a one-year deal at Stamford Bridge and unless the African shows some brilliant form for the rest of the season, that expensive contract is unlikely to be renewed.
Toronto meanwhile can offer wages of around £3.1m-a-year to bring either attacker to the division, a similar wage package to that of Theirry Henry at New York Red Bulls.
There are now a number of former Premier League stars in MLS with Henry and Tim Cahill with new York, Clint Dempsey at Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy boasting Robbie Keane.
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