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There have been several reports in the last few days, from the likes of the Mail, that Sunderland are interested in an ambitious attempt to sign Roma's former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko, interest that is certain to disappoint star forward Jermain Defoe.
The ex Spurs man had his second best ever Premier League season as he helped fire the Black Cats to safety when they looked in real trouble earlier in the campaign. Defoe netted 15 times in the league, and 18 overall, despite featuring in just 33 games. The only time he scored that many times in a top flight league campaign was 2009-10 for Tottenham, and that included his infamous five goal haul as the North Londoners beat Wigan 9-1 at White Hart lane.
Jermain Defoe scores for Sunderland
There were even suggestions Defoe could receive an England call up for the European Championships this summer, impressive for a striker set to turn 34-years-old later this year and surely eager to play as much football as possible as he approaches the twilight of his career.
But Sam Allardyce's pursuit of Dzeko is much more in keeping with the kind of player he would normally be looking to lead his attacking force. The Bosnia striker is a tall, physical player who has also been a significant goal presence for most of his career. Dzeko only secured a permanent move to Rome from Manchester City at the end of the season just gone, when a mandatory transfer clause was triggered as part of his loan agreement, but already it seems as if he is surplus to requirements.
Sunderland's Jermain Defoe celebrates with Vito Mannone
If he is to move to Sunderland he will almost certainly cost big money and be on big wages, but whether Dzeko, or another target man arrive, it almost certainly suggests that Allardyce will have his side playing in a different way, one that will likely mean less game time and less responsibility for Defoe.
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce