According to The Sun, Sunderland are in discussions with Swansea City over a shock swap deal, which would involve Jermain Defoe and Bafetimbi Gomis.
Both teams are struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League table, and have made managerial changes in a bid to achieve Premier League survival, with Dick Advocaat and Garry Monk both losing their jobs earlier this season.
Sunderland bowed out of the FA Cup at the hands of Arsenal on Saturday, whilst Swansea face a tricky trip to face League Two side Oxford United this afternoon, before the two teams lock horns in the Premier League on Wednesday evening.
Managers Sam Allardyce and Alan Curtis will be hoping to strike some deals during this month's transfer window, but one move could involve a swap between the two clubs.
The Sun report that, if Swansea fail in a move to re-sign Manchester City's Wilfried Bony, they will pursue Sunderland veteran Jermain Defoe instead.
The 33-year-old hit two goals for Sunderland in the vital 3-1 win over bottom club Aston Villa last weekend, but has occasionally struggled in Allardyce's system, which has historically featured a giant target man, whereas Defoe is a pure goal poacher.
With that in mind, The Sun suggest that Sunderland want Swansea's battering ram striker Bafetimbi Gomis in exchange for Defoe, giving Allardyce the physical striker he needs.
The Frenchman hit four goals in his first games this season, but has since scored just once in his last 16 matches, yet a January deal may potentially be on the cards - and a shock move to Sunderland, in exchange for Defoe, may be on the horizon for the 30-year-old forward.
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