Canadian Rap star Drake has helped Toronto FC land Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe. The Mirror says Defoe was persuaded to join Toronto - after a phone call from Drake.

The Canadian rapper has been recruited by Toronto FC for an ambassadorial role, and rang Tottenham striker Defoe to try and talk him into moving to his hometown Major League Soccer team.

Defoe, 31, is a huge fan of Drake - who is massively popular among footballers - and was blown away that he made personal contact, according to sources in Toronto.

The 31-year-old has been offered a deal worth £90,000-a-week, while Toronto will also pay for unlimited flights for him and his family and provide him with two houses.