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Report: Samuel Eto'o emerges as Designated Player target for Toronto FC

Samuel Eto'o celebrates a goal for Chelsea

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Toronto FC have made no bones about pursuing a high-profile Designated Player in the offseason, and the latest name to emerge on the list of rumored targets certainly reaffirms that notion.

According to a report on Saturday from SI.com, Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o is a target for the Reds. The report states that the 32-year-old Cameroonian international is on a one-year contract at Chelsea, where he signed this summer, meaning Toronto could acquire the player on a free transfer in the summer of 2014.

Eto'o made his name in Spain's La Liga, first at Mallorca and then at Barcelona, where he scored more than 100 goals across all competition in five years at the club, winning three league titles and two Champions Leagues. He also spent two years at Internazionale in Serie A, winning another Champions League and two league titles, before making a big-money move to Russia's Anzhi Makhachkala. 

At the international level, the four-time African Player of the Year has scored 55 goals in 112 appearances for Cameroon, and appeared in the 1998, 2002 and 2010 World Cups.

Eto'o is not the first high-profile striker linked to TFC, as the club is also reported to be interested in the services of Italian international Alberto Gilardino.

Toronto FC did not immediately respond to a request from MLSsoccer.com for comment on the Eto' report.