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Nelsen: Top four wanted Defoe

Toronto head coach Ryan Nelsen claims Tottenham have had rival offers for Jermain Defoe from English Champions League clubs.

However, it is understood that the England international striker will still fly to Canada to complete the move on Sunday before he is paraded by the club on Monday.

Defoe, 31, will reportedly earn in the region of 90,000-a-week at Toronto in what is one of the biggest deals in MLS history.

Nelsen, a former Spurs team-mate of Defoe, said: "I think if you ask any Premier League club then they would take Jermain right now. I know Tottenham are getting offers everywhere for him - for his services at the moment - and from top-four clubs in England at the moment as well.

"I know Jermain, I know his ability, I know his character so if we could get a player like Jermain that would be absolutely incredible but there are a lot of things in the air - there is nothing that has been done yet - he is not our player at the moment.

"We are working really hard and all I can say is if a quality player like Jermain Defoe graces the MLS it will be an amazing coup for the league."

Defoe has spent nine years split across two spells with Tottenham, where his tally of 142 goals ranks him fifth among the club's all-time leading scorers.

He has scored nine this season but all but two of those have come in the Europa League, with Roberto Soldado and, more recently, Emmanuel Adebayor preferred in the starting line-up.

Reports in Canada claim that Toronto will pay Spurs around 6million for Defoe, whose current deal had 18 months left to run.