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Poyet welcomes ‘special’ Defoe to Sunderland

January 16, 2015 13:30:12 UK

Striker Jermain Defoe is back in the Premier League with Sunderland.

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet believes that new signing Jermain Defoe has ‘something special’ which will help in the fight to avoid Premier League relegation.

The 32-year-old England striker has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract at the Stadium of Light, in an undisclosed deal which sees Jozy Altidore head in the opposite direction to join Toronto FC.

He has something different, something special.

Gus Poyet

And Poyet is delighted to have landed a player he has worked with both as a player and a coach during his time at Tottenham Hotspur – who are the opponents for the Black Cats this weekend at White Hart Lane.

He told his club’s official website: “I know all about his attributes and his qualities first-hand and his exceptional goalscoring record speaks for itself. He has something different, something special.

“We know each other very well – he was very young when we played together and I was coming to the end of my career.

“When I returned to Spurs as a coach it was a great experience for me to work with him, so I am really looking forward to having him as my player now and for him to be part of our team.”

Defoe has scored 124 top-flight goals to date, placing him 14th on the top goalscorers list during the Premier League era and his arrival on Wearside comes with Sunderland just one point outside the drop zone after picking up a mere one point from their last four league games.

The Black Cats are 4.00 to be relegated this season, with Burnley 1.80 and Hull City 2.62.

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