Jermain Defoe aiming for more Premier League time

Tottenham Hotspur's Jermain Defoe celebrates scoring against Sheriff Tiraspol during their Europa...

Tottenham Hotspur's Jermain Defoe celebrates scoring against Sheriff Tiraspol during their Europa League soccer match at White Hart Lane in London, November 7, 2013. (ANDREW WINNING/Reuters)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:16 PM ET

Embattled Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas says Toronto FC transfer target Jermain Defoe’s primary focus is earning Premier League minutes.

After a report from the UK’s Daily Mirror Tuesday indicated the 31-year-old Defoe is BMO Field-bound, Villas-Boas commented on rumours that have engulfed the English international since the Toronto Sun reported TFC’s interest in the English striker last month.

“I can’t stop stories coming out (about Jermain Defoe),” Villas-Boas said in a Wednesday report from Sky News.

“At the moment, the feeling is that the player is happy, he wants to get into the Premier League team for sure. His opportunities have come more from Europa League games.

“At this time we’ve started more games with (Roberto) Soldado, but Jermain is working hard to get into the team.”

A friend of TFC coach Ryan Nelsen, Defoe could command the biggest salary in MLS history, reported to be as much as $150,000 per week.


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