Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that striker Jermain Defoe will be leaving the club next month in order to join MLS side Toronto FC.
The 31-year-old will not be joining the American side until late-February as that is when their season starts, so he will remain eligible to play for Spurs until then.
The news first broke out earlier this week that a potential deal was in place, and now both Defoe and Spurs have released official statements regarding the move.
Defoe, who has played over 250 games and scored 142 goals for Spurs, said: “Everybody knows how much this club means to me, I will play my heart out until my last kick.”
“I have had a fantastic time here and the fans have always been amazing to me,” added Defoe.
“I am grateful for the opportunity for myself and my family to experience living overseas and for me to play in the MLS with a contract that will take me to the age of 35. I have no doubt I shall be coming back as a fan supporting the team in the years to come too.”
Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood added: “This is a great opportunity and one that Jermain wishes to pursue.”