Sebastian Larsson comments on Poyet's reported pursuit of 'proven goalscorer' Defoe


Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson says it's 'great' that Jermain Defoe looks set to join Sunderland.

With reports from the BBC suggesting that Sunderland are in talks with Toronto striker Jermain Defoe over a return to the Premier League, Black Cats midfielder Sebastian Larsson told the Chronicle that it's great to be attracting a 'proven goalscorer' to the Stadium of Light.

"During the window, you always want to add to the squad," said Larsson. "When the window closes, you’d like to have a few additions and a stronger team with more competition for places. Hopefully that’s the case."

"But I’ve been quite good about staying away from the rumours, because I didn’t know too much about that one (the Defoe one). He’s a proven goalscorer, so that’s great," he added.

Defoe, 32, has been playing in MLS for almost a year, racking up 12 goals in 17 games for Toronto, but is now set to return to English football.

Despite links with Hull City and Liverpool, it appears that Defoe will move to Wearside in a swap deal involving Jozy Altidore, according to ESPN.

With 137 goals in 352 games over two spells with Spurs, Defoe has certainly earned that reputation of being a proven goalscorer, whilst 19 goals in 55 caps for England is an impressive record too.

Sunderland currently lie in 16th place in the Premier League table, just one point clear of the dreaded relegation zone. Gus Poyet's men have scored just 18 goals this season, which is the second lowest total in the Premier League (only Aston Villa have scored fewer), and it's no surprise that Poyet has now called upon his former Tottenham team mate Defoe to help Sunderland climb away from trouble.

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