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Defoe: I Can't Wait To Score Goals For Sunderland

Jermain Defoe is not officially a Sunderland player yet - but he's talking like one.

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There has been no official confirmation yet, but it appears Jermain Defoe is a Sunderland player. Well, he certainly seems to be under that impression, anyway.

Defoe trained with Sunderland on Wednesday, and afterwards he spoke briefly to the Daily Mirror, saying:

I felt so sharp. All that hard work has paid off. I can't wait to start scoring goals for Sunderland.

Everybody knows how much I love English football and I still feel that 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.

It's unusual for a player to speak about signing for a new club before the official confirmation, but the message seems pretty clear - Jermain Defoe is a Sunderland player.

The details on the deal right now are quite sketchy. Forget talk of a £14million fee. The fee is Jozy Altidore. It's either a 2-and-a-half-year deal or a three-and-a-half-year-deal, depending on which newspaper you read, or perhaps more likely the former with the option of an extra year if all goes well.

Anyway, it appears all there really is to do now is sit back and wait for the obligatory scarf shot.

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