The forward has also revealed his excitement ahead of his potential debut for Sunderland against Tottenham.
Defoe has been looking for a house in the North East ahead of his move to Gus Poyet’s side ad he’s revealed he’s ready to hit the ground running.
“I felt so sharp. All that hard work has paid off. I can’t wait to start scoring goals for Sunderland,” said the ex-Spurs star.
“Everybody knows how much I love English football and I still feel that I have a lot to offer.”
“People might look at my age, but I have always looked after myself and I hope I can show that with my performances.”
No offer materialised from the North Londoners to re-sign him, despite an arguable need for the club to add another striker to their collection.
The sticking point for Spurs may have been the wages Defoe has been asking for, with the paper claiming he’s agreed a package with the Black Cats, which is worth in the region of £80,000 per week.
He would have been worth a gamble for the club considering his experience and record I English football but he seems set to officially become the man Sunderland are pinning their hopes on to help them progress in the Premier League.