Sunderland have completed the signing of England striker Jermain Defoe from Toronto FC with Jozy Altidore heading in the opposite direction.
The Black Cats have confirmed that the 32-year-old former Tottenham frontman has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal after completing a swap with United States international Altidore.
Defoe said: "I am delighted to be here and I'm looking forward to the challenge. 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."
Jermain Defoe is to undergo a medical at Sunderland as he closes in on a return to English football.
Press Association Sport understands the 32-year-old Toronto FC striker will have medical checks within the next 24 hours with a view to completing his switch to the Black Cats.
Sunderland have been engaged in advanced talks with Defoe in recent days and now look to be closing in on a capture they hope will significantly boost their attacking threat.
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Adam Johnson's late winner condemned Newcastle United to a fourth successive derby defeat for the first time in their history as Sunderland earned a deserved 1-0 victory.
Johnson struck in the 90th minute following a pacy counter-attack to give the Black Cats only their third win of the season.
The away side created the better chances over the game with Steven Fletcher striking the crossbar and Connor Wickham, Jordi Gomez and Johnson all missing good opportunities to open the scoring.
The victory moves Sunderland up to 14th, four points below Newcastle who remain 9th.
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Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone has urged his team-mates to reimburse travelling supporters who paid to watch the Black Cats' dismal 8-0 defeat at Southampton.
Manager Gus Poyet described Saturday's shock result as his "most embarrassing" moment in football after overseeing the heaviest Premier League in Sunderland's history.
Former Arsenal stopper, Mannone, doesn't believe supporters who made the 650-mile round trip from Sunderland to Southampton should have to pay for their match tickets or travel costs after witnessing such a humiliating defeat.
"I will talk to the team to see if it is possible to pay for their tickets and their trip," he said.
"We should do it because we didn’t put our foot in, we didn’t work hard.
"We started the game well but after we conceded we threw in the towel and I include myself."
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The Sunderland chaplain who presented a red and white striped shirt to Pope Francis said the pontiff was "delighted to keep it" and took the gift back to the papal apartments.
Father Marc Lyden-Smith said the Pope was aware of the Wearside club's struggles and told him: "They not do too well at the moment."
"I said no, no, Holy Father. They are bottom of the Premier League. We need you to pray."
"Very diplomatically, he said: 'I pray for all footballers that they reach their potential.'"
"I'd like to think that he'll be wearing [the Sunderland shirt] on Sunday afternoon," the chaplain added.
Winless Sunderland face fierce local rivals Newcastle United in Wear-Tyne derby this Sunday.
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Gus Poyet has been named as the new Sunderland manager, the club has announced.
The Uruguayan has agreed a two year contract with the club and will take charge of the Black Cats with immediate effect.
Poyet, 45, replaces controversial Italian Paolo Di Canio, who was sacked last month by bottom-of-the-table Sunderland.
The former Chelsea midfielder previously led Brighton and Hove Albion into the Championship during a successful four year tenure before leaving in acrimonious circumstances in June.