The 32-year-old is a renowned prolific goalscorer and has previously been successful for every club he’s played for with 124 Premier League goals already to his name.
Sunderland will become the sixth team that Defoe has played for in his professional career, having previously been at West Ham United, Bournemouth (on loan), Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth and Toronto FC.
“I’ve always enjoyed coming up here and playing against Sunderland because of the stadium and the supporters. It is a great place to play and I’m really looking forward to it,” Defoe told the Sunderland website.
Manager Gus Poyet said, “I know all about his attributes and his qualities first-hand and his exceptional goalscoring record speaks for itself. He has something different, something special.”
In his overall career, Defoe has scored an astonishing 245 goals for club and country in 586 appearances.
Jozy Altidore is expected to be heading in the other direction as part of the deal and it seems like only a matter of time until the move is completed.
Altidore’s move to Toronto FC is more complicated than Defoe’s switch to Sunderland due to the implications in place because of the MLS allocation ranking rules.
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