Leicester City made a last minute attempt for Toronto FC striker Jermain Defoe last night.

The Leicester Mercury says the Foxes failed in an audacious bid to sign Defoe before the transfer window closed last night.

City were interested in signing the 31-year-old England international and submitted a bid to MLS side Toronto FC, but no agreement could be reached.

City boss Nigel Pearson had made bringing in another striker before the deadline his main priority, but moves for Ipswich's David McGoldrick and Spartak Moscow's Dame N'Doye fizzled out yesterday morning.

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