Sunderland hopeful over Defoe deal

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Published: Wednesday 14th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Sunderland are hopeful of concluding a deal to bring striker Jermain Defoe back to the Barclays Premier League as they continue advanced talks with him.

Press Association Sport understands the two parties are close to thrashing out a deal which would see the 32-year-old end an 11-month stay in the MLS with Toronto FC and return to English football.

However, the transfer could yet depend on United States striker Jozy Altidore, whose future has been the subject of intense speculation in recent weeks.

The switch would have to be ratified by the MLS, which operates an allocation process, and meet with Altidore’s approval.

Nevertheless, Sunderland are keeping their fingers crossed that agreement can be reached within the next 24 hours as they attempt to boost their attacking resources to avoid another relegation fight.

Gus Poyet’s side has scored just 18 goals in 21 Barclays Premier League games to date this season with frontmen Steven Fletcher, Connor Wickham and Altidore having contributed only six of them and the American yet to register this season.

Defoe only joined Toronto during the summer but despite having scored 11 goals in 16 league appearances after signing a four-year deal, he has not settled and has been courted by a series of Premier League clubs after it became clear he was looking to return home.

Published: Wednesday 14th January 2015 by The News Editor

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