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DEFOE SET FOR SUNDERLAND SWITCH

Jermain Defoe’s proposed transfer to Sunderland from Toronto FC moved closer today after the England international passed his medical at the Stadium of Light.

The part exchange deal hinges on whether the MLS will ratify Jozy Altidore’s move in the other direction. The American striker has managed just 2 goals in 70 games for the Mackems, who have the second lowest goals tally in the Premier League.

32 year-old Defoe has netted 11 goals in 16 games for Toronto in his first season in the MLS and has scored 124 goals in 381 Premier League appearances for Portsmouth, West Ham and Tottenham.

It is rumoured Defoe will sign a three and-a-half year deal and be paid $70,000 a week and manager Gus Poyet will be hoping he can fire Sunderland away from the relegation zone.

Altidore’s move to Toronto FC isn’t set in stone however, the MLS operates a player allocation policy, which means that the Canadian side don’t necessarily have first refusal on the player.

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