Toronto FC’s lengthy search for a marquee-designated player may soon be over.
The struggling MLS side may have landed two star 31-year-olds with similar international résumés and World Cup aspirations.
According to separate reports, Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe and Genoa striker Alberto Gilardino are poised to join Toronto for the coming season.
Defoe, of England, has agreed to a lucrative four-year deal with the MLS side, according to the Daily Mirror. He’ll reportedly earn a salary of £90,000 ($154,000) a week. The veteran striker has struggled for playing time under head coach Andre Villas-Boas this season.
La Repubblica newspaper reports Genoa is set to sell Italian Gilardino in a €7-million ($10-million) deal. He’s scored six goals in 13 Serie A games this season.
Both strikers are aiming to represent their countries in next summer’s World Cup.
Defoe has scored 19 goals in 55 appearances for the English national team, including a goal in the 2010 World Cup.
Gilardino has tallied 19 goals at the senior international level in 57 appearances, scoring against the United States at the 2006 World Cup.