Toronto FC and England striker Jermain Defoe has passed his medical at Sunderland ahead of his proposed move to the club, reports BBC Sport.
The Black Cats have been struggling to find the net this season having scored just 18 goals in 21 Premier League games.
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And, despite boasting a fairly resilient defence, their ineptitude in front of goal has seen them slip to just three points above the relegation zone in 16th.
Just Jozy to go
Gus Poyet had targeted the striking department as one in urgent need of reinforcements this January and he proved to be the only manager chasing Defoe prepared to match his £70,000-per-week wage demands.
Now that Defoe has passed his medical, the deal hinges solely on Jozy Altidore’s move in the opposite direction being agreed and ratified by Major League Soccer.
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Still Jer-main man
Defoe has been training with former club Tottenham Hotspur during the MLS off-season but the move to Sunderland would be permanent – with a three-and-a-half year deal already agreed.
After being edged out of Spurs last summer he has since scored 11 goals in 16 appearances for Toronto.
But he may still have plenty to offer the Premier League and is still the 14th highest goal-scorer in the history of the division amassing a total of 124 whilst at West Ham, Spurs (twice) and Portsmouth.
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