Defoe 'not leaving Toronto'

  • Last Updated: September 1 2014, 21:10 BST

A number of Barclays Premier League clubs look like being disappointed by the news that Jermain Defoe looks unlikely to leave current club Toronto FC.

Jermain Defoe: Striker set to be staying at Toronto FC
Jermain Defoe: Striker set to be staying at Toronto FC

The England international has been linked with a return to England having left Tottenham for the Major League Soccer franchise in January, with a whole hosts of clubs reported to be interested in acquiring his services.

Leicester were believed to be keen on talking to Defoe's representatives, with the 31-year-old also touted as a potential deadline-day signing for Arsenal or former club Tottenham.

But Kurtis Larson, a journalist for the Toronto Sun, has poured cold water on any suggestion Defoe will leave Toronto, who have recently sacked manager Ryan Nelsen.

"BREAKING: @TheTorontoSun can confirm that Jermain Defoe will remain at TFC after rejecting multiple bids," he wrote on Twitter.