Jermain Defoe passes medical as Sunderland move edges closer

PROPOSED MOVE: Jermain Defoe pictured playing for his last Engish team, Tottenham Hotspur.
PROPOSED MOVE: Jermain Defoe pictured playing for his last Engish team, Tottenham Hotspur.
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JERMAIN Defoe has passed a medical ahead of his proposed move to Sunderland.

The Black Cats are on the verge of completing a deal to bring the England international back to the Premier League after making a breakthrough last night in talks with MLS outfit Toronto FC.

The switch is likely to see Black Cats frontman Jozy Altidore moving in the opposite direction, albeit that still needs to be ratified by the MLS, who have been conducting the negotiations to take the USA international back across the Atlantic.

But while Sunderland are not expected to unveil Defoe tonight, the deal is edging closer, with the 32-year-old understood to be in the North East prior to his switch to the Stadium of Light.