Defoe set for £6m move to Sunderland
Jermain Defoe is on the brink of a £6m move to Sunderland in a boost for his former team-mate Gus Poyet.
Defoe underwent a medical on Wearside yesterday and is expected to sign a deal, worth £80,000 a week, to run for this season and the next three years.
Manager Poyet has been anxious to recruit a proven match-winner and the signing of Defoe represents a significant show of support from Ellis Short, the Sunderland owner.
The deal to sign Defoe, who played with Poyet at Tottenham, was agreed with Toronto FC late on Tuesday and will involve the American forward Jozy Altidore moving in the opposite direction.
Defoe has been a target for a number of Premier League clubs this month, but while Queens Park Rangers withdrew citing the cost of the deal, Sunderland made him a highly lucrative offer.
The the England international (32) has previously resisted opportunities to play for clubs in the North East, preferring to stay closer to his roots in London, but the relationship with Poyet has changed his view.
Defoe could make his debut for the Black Cats against Spurs at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
The deal also ensures that the forward becomes the equal most frequent mover during transfer windows in January, taking him level with Wayne Bridge on four clubs.
The Sunderland move ends Defoe's brief spell in Major League Soccer with Toronto, for whom he scored 11 goals in 19 appearances.
Poyet has frequently bemoaned the club's lack of match-winners and midfielder Sebastian Larsson believes that Defoe's signing is a welcome step in the right direction for the club.
He said: "During the window, you always want to add to the squad. When the window closes, you'd like to have a few additions and a stronger team with more competition for places. Hopefully that's the case.
"He is a proven goalscorer so that's great. Whoever might come in, we'll welcome them and hopefully they'll make us even better." (© Daily Telegraph, London)