Tottenham transfers: Ryan Nelsen wants Jermain Defoe in MLS

Tottenham transfers: Former Spurs defender Ryan Nelsen wants to bring Jermain Defoe to MLS outfit Toronto

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Ryan Nelsen joined QPR on a free transfer this summer Photo: The Sport Review

Ryan Nelsen says he would love to bring Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe to Major League soccer.

The former New Zealand international quit Queens Park Rangers to take charge of Toronto in January, leading the Canadian side to a ninth-place finish in the Eastern Confernce.

Asked whether he would like to bring Defoe to Toronto, Nelsen replied: “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.”

He continued: “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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