TORONTO – Jermain Defoe is staying in Toronto, despite reported interest Monday from several English clubs on transfer deadline day.
A source said the unsettled Toronto FC striker, currently sidelined with a groin injury, is staying put.
Reports in England had linked Defoe to Queens Park Rangers, Arsenal, Leicester City, Newcastle and Hull City.
Toronto FC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko confirmed Sunday that the MLS club has received an offer on Defoe but said he hoped to retain him.
The MLS team denied that the 31-year-old English star was anxious to leave but a source told The Canadian Press that Defoe, fed up with the turmoil at the club, wanted out.
Toronto fired manager Ryan Nelsen and five members of his coaching staff Sunday.