While Toronto FC’s Jermain Defoe was reported to be making a shock return to England during the closing stages of the transfer window, local reports now state that the striker will not be leaving MLS.
Defoe, 31, made the switch from Tottenham Hotspur to Toronto just five months ago but, following the sacking of head coach Ryan Nelsen on Sunday, as well as the imminent departure of president and CEO Tim Leiweke, was reported to be keen on a move back to the Premier League.
The likes of Queens Park Rangers, Leicester and Newcastle United were all mentioned as potential suitors, while since-debunked reports also emerged that Arsenal had been offered the chance to secure his services.
However, having originally signed a four-year, £90,000-per-week contract with TFC, the England international now looks set to remain in MLS, as the club bids to make their first-ever post-season appearance since entering the league in 2007.
Defoe has scored 11 goals in 16 league appearances with the Canadian club this far, but has missed significant chunks of time due to injuries, with Brazilian striker Gilberto performing well in his absence at present.
Would a Premier League return have been good for Defoe?