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Tim Sherwood believes Tottenham will be able to cope without the goal threat of Jermain Defoe after the striker’s move to Toronto FC was confirmed.
The Major League Soccer side have been chasing Defoe for some time and Tottenham confirmed on Friday morning that a deal has now been done.
The deal will begin from February 28 when the MLS resumes, with Spurs believed to be netting in the region of £8million, and Sherwood admits it will be a great opportunity for him.
Defoe has been a tremendous servant to the club, scoring 142 goals during two spells at White Hart Lane, and he will be hoping to add to that before heading off to the US.
Defoe’s departure means Tottenham will be a striker light, although Sherwood has hinted he could be prepared to go with what he has got for the rest of the season, rather than dip into the transfer market.
“This is a great opportunity for Jermain and he feels it is one that he wishes to pursue,” said Spurs head coach Sherwood.
“He has played a big part in the club for many years and we all know he will give his best until his last minute in a Spurs shirt.
“We have several attacking options within our squad for the remaining dozen or so games of the season after Jermain departs and we shall keep our options under review.
“We also have a goal threat from players in other areas of the pitch including having wide players and attacking midfielders who will enable us to vary our shape when required.”