Ryan Nelsen: 'Jermain Defoe in the MLS would be incredible'

Jermain Defoe of Tottenham in action during a pre season friendly match between Tottenham Hotspur and Espanyol at White Hart Lane on August 10, 2013
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Ryan Nelsen admits that it would be "incredible" if Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe came to play for Toronto in the MLS.

Toronto boss Ryan Nelsen has said that he would love to make Tottenham Hotspur's Jermain Defoe a part of his team, with the manager praising the striker's all-round qualities.

Defoe hasn't had much playing time under Andre Villas-Boas of late, with the Spurs manager preferring to start with new signing Roberto Soldado in attack.

"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," Nelsen told Sky Sports News.

"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. 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?"

Tottenham are currently fourth in the Premier League table.

Roberto Soldado of Spurs scores their first goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Hull City at White Hart Lane on October 27, 2013
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