Gus Poyet says Sunderland is ‘a different club’ with Jermain Defoe

• Poyet slams critics saying Defoe deserves length of contract
• ‘This is a perfect deal and they don’t happen very often’
• Sunderland confirm signing of Jermain Defoe

Jermain Defoe is still putting names to faces and learning how to get from the training ground to the stadium but already Gus Poyet believes the former England striker has transformed Sunderland.

“There’s no doubt the club is a different club today,” said Poyet, who seems the happiest he has been for months following Defoe’s arrival in a part exchange deal which has taken Jozy Altidore to Toronto.

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