Defoe eager to start Sunderland career

Jermain Defoe is looking forward to resuming his Premier League career with Sunderland as his return to England from MLS side Toronto FC gets closer, ESPN has reported.

The former Tottenham Hotspur striker is to join the Black Cats with United States international forward Jozy Altidore moving in the opposite direction, less than a year after Defoe quit English football for North America. Altidore, meanwhile, has been at the Stadium of Light since the summer of 2013, when he moved from AZ Alkmaar, but he has managed only one league goal in that time.

Defoe underwent a medical this week and said afterwards that he felt ready to return to the Premier League. “I felt so sharp. All that hard work has paid off. I can’t wait to start scoring goals for Sunderland,” he said.

“Everybody knows how much I love English football and I still feel I have a lot to offer. People might look at my age but I have always looked after myself and I hope I can show that with my performances,” the 32-year-old added.

Defoe has also represented Portsmouth after starting his senior career at West Ham, having been at Charlton Athletic as a youngster. He revealed on Twitter that he had been carrying out fitness work in the south of France prior to travelling to Wearside and could make his Black Cats bow this weekend against former club Tottenham if the deal is completed in time.

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