Jozy Altidore looks set to bring his disappointing Sunderland spell to an end with a transfer to Major League Soccer side Toronto FC, with former Tottenham and England striker Jermain Defoe coming the other way as part of the deal.
The Sun reported last night that Defoe had agreed a three-and-a-half-year deal worth £80,000 per week, a report which was quickly followed by another from major Canadian sports network TSN claiming that the deal had been completed and Sunderland had paid Altidore, plus a 'significant' cash fee, to Toronto for Defoe. Altidore is believed to have signed a four-year deal with the MLS club but although the American international will have to go through the American league's allocation process before his deal is ratified, that is not expected to delay Defoe's transfer.
The rumoured deal for Defoe should be a huge boost to Gus Poyet, with Sunderland struggling to score goals and Aston Villa, with a paltry 11 goals, the only team to score less than us in the Premier League this season.
Defoe joined Toronto from Spurs in January last year and scored 11 times in 16 games for the Canadian club and had been training with the Tottenham Development Squad as he looked for a move back to the Premier League. Should his move be completed in time, he will make his debut against former side Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Saturday.