Tottenham left-back Danny Rose has said that his former teammate Jermain Defoe will score the goals that can keep Sunderland in the Premier League.
Defoe has undergone a medical at the Stadium of Light according to many reports with Jozy Altidore expected to head in the opposite direction to Toronto FC. He had recently been training with the development squad at Tottenham to keep his fitness up.
Rose told radio station TalkSport: “If you know Jermain he’s as fit as he’s ever been. He keeps himself in incredible shape.
“He loves scoring goals and he’ll help Sunderland pick up their form. He’ll keep them in the Premier League this season.”
Defoe had been one of the most prolific strikers in the Premier League after two spells with Tottenham along with periods at West Ham United and Portsmouth.
The 32-year-old could prove to be a shrewd signing for the Black Cats given their struggle for goals so far this season, and they will hope to have a bit more bite in the final third.
Their performance against Liverpool was indicative of the problems they have this season as they never really threatened a side that has a reputation for being shaky at the back - barring the speculative attempt on goal from Adam Johnson that crashed against the cross-bar.
Defoe's scoring record in the Premier League alone is 125 goals from 381 games. A record of a goal just over every three games is a decent rate, and a similar record during Defoe's time at the Stadium of Light - if the deal is completed - could prove to be effective during Sunderland's survival bid, as they sit just a point above the relegation zone in what is shaping up to be a tight relegation battle.
If the deal goes through in time, Defoe could make his debut for Sunderland this weekend against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.