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Defoe 'looking forward' to Sunderland challenge

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, Sunderland AFC

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Black Cats complete Defoe signing

Sunderland have completed the signing of striker Jermain Defoe from MLS side Toronto FC.

The 32-year-old has joined the Black Cats on a three-and-a-half year deal. Sunderland also confirmed that USA striker Jozy Altidore has moved back to the MLS with Toronto as part of the deal.

Defoe returns to the Barclays Premier League, where he has scored more than 120 goals during spells with West Ham United, Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur. He switched to the MLS at the start of 2014 and scored 11 goals in 16 appearances for Toronto.

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Pardew tried to lure Defoe to Palace instead of Sunderland

Jermain Defoe Credit: PA

Alan Pardew has admitted he failed to convince Jermain Defoe to sign for Crystal Palace over Sunderland.

Defoe is on the brink of rubber-stamping his move to Wearside from Toronto FC, with Pardew conceding Palace were forced out of the race for the former England striker.

More on this story from ITV Football.

De Jong pleased to resume training with Newcastle

Newcastle United vice-captain Siem De Jong has returned to training after more than four months out with a thigh injury.

Magpies caretaker John Carver confirmed that the 25-year-old had trained with the first-team and the Dutchman has since expressed his delight on Twitter:

Sunderland closing on Defoe deal

Toronto FC striker Jermain Defoe Credit: Vaughn Ridley/EMPICS Sport

Sunderland are understood to be close to finalising a deal bringing Toronto FC striker Jermain Defoe to the Stadium of Light.

The transfer for the 32-year-old is believed to be a swap deal, involving Sunderland's Jozy Altidore going back to the MLS with Toronto. It's understood there is no transfer fee involved.

Defoe is reported to have been on Wearside today to complete a medical and agree personal terms with the Black Cats. He could even make his Sunderland debut against former club Tottenham on Saturday if the deal is completed in time.

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