The 31-year-old England international has agreed to move to Ryan Nelsen’s side on 28 February, meaning Defoe will still be eligible to play in the north London outfit’s next eight fixtures in all competitions.
I will play my heart out until my last kick
Defore has struggled to dislodge Roberto Soldado since the Spaniard’s £27m move to White Hart Lane in the summer, and in recent weeks, the Spurs man has found himself behind Emmanuel Adebayor in the pecking order, too.
“Everybody knows how much this club means to me, I will play my heart out until my last kick,” said Defoe, who is currently fifth in the club’s all-time goal-scorers list.
“I have had a fantastic time here and the fans have always been amazing to me.
“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 backed Defoe’s decision to move to the MLS, whilst reassuring Spurs supporters that his squad has sufficient strength to cope without their all-time record goal-scorer in Europe.
“This is a great opportunity and one that Jermain wishes to pursue,” Sherwood added.
“Jermain has played a big part in the club for many years and we all know he will give his best until his last minute in a Spurs shirt.
“We have several attacking options within our squad for the remaining dozen or so games of the season after Jermain departs and we shall keep our options under review.
“We also have a goal threat from players in other areas of the pitch including having wide players and attacking midfielders who will enable us to vary our shape when required.”
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