Sunderland have completed the signing of Jermain Defoe on a three-and-a-half year contract from Toronto FC – and have sent Jozy Altidore in the opposite direction, reports Sky Sports.
The England international’s new deal means a return to the Premier League where he scored 124 goals with West Ham, Portsmouth and Spurs.
As part of the deal, goal-shy striker Sunderland Jozy Altidore has travelled in the opposite direction back to the division where he first began his career.
After five successful years in his second spell at White Hart Lane, Defoe moved to the MLS at the start of 2014 after he was struggling to command a first team place under Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood.
And he certainly hit the ground running across the pond scoring 11 times in 16 games for the Reds.
Thrown in the deep end
In a brilliant turn of fate, the 32-year-old’s transfer has gone through in time for him to make his debut for the Black Cats against, you guessed it, Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
“I am delighted to be here and I’m looking forward to the challenge,” said Defoe.
“It is a great club and 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.”
Sunderland’s head coach Gus Poyet has also spoken about his excitement at Defoe’s arrival on Wearside: “I am thrilled that Jermain is a Sunderland player. I know all about his attributes and his qualities first-hand and his exceptional goal-scoring record speaks for itself. He has something different, something special.
“We know each other very well - he was very young when we played together and I was coming to the end of my career, so I know him from inside the pitch. When I returned to Spurs as a coach it was a great experience for me to work with him, so I am really looking forward to having him as my player now and for him to be part of our team.
“I would also like to thank Jozy as his begins his career at his new club. It is a fresh start for him and we wish him well.”