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Toronto boss Nelsen confirms interest in Tottenham forward Defoe

Toronto boss Ryan Nelsen has confirmed his interest in taking Jermain Defoe to Major League Soccer. The former New Zealand international is a huge fan having played with him during his brief spell at Tottenham.

Speaking on Canada's TSN network, Nelsen was asked about the possibility of Defoe coming and he said: "That's not a serious question, is it?

"Jermain Defoe in this league? Look what [Marco] Di Vaio has done! My goodness - incredible player.

"One of the most natural goalscorers I have ever come across. Always out training, always trying to score, a great guy.

"To get a guy like Defoe for the MLS, I cannot think of many that are more suited. I think if you ask most Premier League teams, they would take Defoe."

Nelsen confirmed he stays in touch with Defoe, adding: "It would be incredible. I call him and text him all the time.

"Him playing in Toronto would be phenomenal. If you look around the world and try and think of a realistic player - and I am not sure how realistic he is - that complements a league like ours, never gets injured, doesn't drink, can play high, low, scores all sorts of goals - do you know something I don't? Can you go over and sell it to him?"

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