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Jermain Defoe | Forward

Team: Sunderland
Age / DOB:  (32) / 10/7/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 143

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Sunderland have tabled a bid of £8 million for Dynamo Kiev striker Jeremain Lens…
Boss Dick Advocaat is desperate to boost his attack after a dire season in the PL. Only relegated Burnley scored fewer goals last season, with Sunderland failing to score in a staggering 17 of their 38 matches (45%). Jermain Defoe arrived in January with only partial success – his wonder goals v rivals Newcastle will be seen as a pivotal moment in their survival, but was one of only four from his 17 matches. Likewise, neither Darren Fletcher, Danny Graham nor Conor Wickham has ever looked capable of scoring regularly in the PL. Advocaat knows his country man Lens from their days at PSV Eindhoven – where he hit 34 goals in 96 appearances, before joining Dynamo Kiev where he has enjoyed league and cup success in the last two seasons. The Black Cats will need more than Lens to compete next season but the Dutch International will be a good start. Jun 27 - 8:16 AM
Source: The Mirror

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Sunderland are preparing to smash their transfer record with a £15 million bid for Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum…

Dick Advocaat has a reported £50 million to spend this summer and is happy to commit around £15m of it to securing PSV Eindhoven’s Wijnaldum. The Sunderland boss is looking to lighten the load on striker Jermain Defoe by adding goals to his team and also flair to his midfield and the Dutch number 10 ticks both boxes. He is a full international with 19 caps and had an outstanding season in the Eredivisie - voted Player of the Year (ahead of Manchester United’s new £31 million signing Memphis Depay). Wijnaldum is also on the radar of number of other PL clubs including local rivals Newcastle – and was even rumored to be following Depay to Old Trafford. But Sunderland and hoping that the link-up with his countryman Advocaat will tip the balance in their favor.
Source: The Mirror
Jun 23 - 5:46 AM

Dick Advocaat has reversed course and decided to stick around at the Stadium of Light for the 2015-16 season after previously indicating that he wasn't interested in managing any longer at the club level.

Apparently, when faced with the prospect of having her husband knocking around the house all day, every day, Mrs. Advocaat decided that maybe another year as the wife of a manager wasn't such a bad thing. Whatever the real reason, Dick Advocaat has changed his mind and has agreed to manage Sunderland for the upcoming season. Things improved slightly for the Black Cats after his arrival and he helped them to survival but we've seen this story before and Advocaat will have to do a much better job than his predecessors, Gus Poyet and Paolo Di Canio, who also boasted dramatic relegation battle wins before flaming out within a year.
Jun 4 - 10:50 AM

A glorious first half stoppage time goal by Jermain Defoe was all Sunderland needed to grab three points in the Tyne-Wear derby, as Dick Advocaat picked up his first win as manager in the 1-0 final.

What a weekend for the bottom of the table as Sunderland, Leicester and QPR all picked up wins and made things very interesting indeed as we enter the final weeks. And what a weekend for fantastic goals as Defoe adds his name to a long list of memorable strikes. He struck a curving, dipping volley with absolute precision from just outside the box and all Tim Krul could do was grab at air. The Black Cats were the better side throughout as Defoe and Connor Wickham were on the ball and creating chances regularly. Luckily for them, they were up against a Magpie side that simply aren't a goal threat without Papiss Cisse. Sunderland will look to build off the long-awaited win and try to stay above the relegation zone as the season wears down.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 5 - 1:07 PM

Sunderland have appointed Dick Advocaat as their new manager until the end of the season.

Advocaat was the bookies favourite and it has taken less than 24 hours for their prediction to come true. The former Holland boss takes over with Sunderland just one point above the Premier League relegation zone and he will be looking to make an instant impact on the squad ahead of this weekend's clash with West Ham. Gus Poyet's sacking on Monday came after a run of just one victory in 12 Premier League games, with Saturday's crushing 4-0 home defeat to Aston Villa proving the final nail in the coffin.
Source: BBC Sport
Mar 17 - 5:51 AM

Jermain Defoe has failed to score in his past four Premier League games as Sunderland continue to struggle.

It had all started so well for Defoe on his return to the Premier League, scoring two goals in his first three matches as Sunderland finally start putting points on the board, but it's been all downhill since with two draws, two defeats and one goal scored by the entire team. Since Week 24 the ex-England man has hit just three shots on target, failing to score and returning just 16 fantasy points at an average of four points per game. The issue is the Black Cats simply aren't creating enough chances for the striker (or anyone) and it would take a brave fantasy manager to pick Defoe at this point in time, despite a home match against Aston Villa coming up in Week 29.
Mar 10 - 7:47 AM

Gus Poyet will be hoping to have a fully-fit squad for Saturdays' visit of West Brom but admits "a number of players will be assessed after training" on Friday.

Top of the list is Jermain Defoe [calf] and Lee Cattermole [knee], but they will be available if the pair come through unscathed while Jack Rodwell, Emanuele Giaccherini, Anthony Reveillere and Will Buckley are also in with a shout. The Black Cats need to bounce back after two hugely disappointing defeats – QPR [H] / Bradford [FA Cup] – and only three points will appease the Sunderland faithful who are growing restless.

Gus Poyet confirmed post-match on Sunday that striker Jermain Defoe missed the fifth round defeat at Valley Parade after feeling discomfort in his calf on the Friday before causing him to miss training.

The Black Cats completed their big money transfer early during the window and the arrival of Jermain Defoe was seen as the perfect remedy for this shot shy side. The former Spurs striker hit the ground running and his two goals have already helped to secure 4 points although the Wearsiders’ still remain precariously close to the relegation zone. In the absence of Defoe Sunderland reverted to type and drew a blank as Danny Graham and Steven Fletcher were unable to break down League One side Bradford City in the FA Cup. Gus Poyet admitted "he doesn’t know" when Defoe will return but the player will be given every opportunity to prove his fitness ahead of the crucial tie with West Brom in GW26.
Feb 17 - 12:50 PM

Gus Poyet has launched an attack on the media after his Sunderland side were knocked out of the FA Cup by League One Bradford.

Bradford showed their victory over Chelsea in Round Four was no fluke, going in front through John O'Shea's third-minute own goal. John Stead doubled the lead for the League One promotion-chasers with a close-range finish in the 61st minute and they held on to the lead to progress to the Sixth Round. After the game Gus Poyet went on a bizarre rant, blaming the media for many of his club's problems. He told assembled journalists at Valley Parade: "The problem is you, not me." The Sunderland boss even took issue with a question about the absence of Jermain Defoe, responding: "You need to know too many things and we try not to give you too much information. He was injured, he got a little problem on his calf and we don't know how long it is going to take." After the home defeat to QPR in Week 24 the pressure is clearly starting to get to him.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 16 - 4:33 AM

Jermain Defoe scored his second Premier League for Sunderland to help secure a draw at Swansea.

The one thing we know is that Jermain Defoe will score goals if you feed him chances, and that's exactly what he's doing for Sunderland as he made it two in three Premier League starts. His first half strike was "vintage" Defoe, running away from his marker, taking it past a defender and firing a fine shot from the edge of the area in to the corner of the Swansea net. The Swans were able to level via Ki in the second half, but this was a decent point for Gus Poyet's men as they move up to 14th, four points clear of the relegation zone.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 7 - 12:10 PM

Jermain Defoe scores a goal in his debut at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland beat Burnley 2-0.

Connor Wickham put Sunderland out to an early led with a comfortable header close to goal 20 minutes into the match and Jermain Defoe made it 2-0 15 minutes later. Burnley outshot Sunderland 13-8, but Costel Pantilimon saved all four shots on goal. Sunderland fans have got to be pleased with the recent acquisition of Defoe who was brought in to replace US men's national team striker Jozy Altidore who was struggling to get on the scoresheet. Altidore had one goal in 42 appearances for Sunderland over the last two years while Defoe has a goal (and an assist) in just two appearances since joining the Black Cats earlier this month.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 31 - 12:12 PM

Jermain Defoe is at the Stadium of Light completing his medical ahead of a permanent transfer to the Black Cats with Jozy Altidore heading to Toronto FC in return.

With most of the details of this deal sorted out we are comfortable reporting that Jermain Defoe will be a Sunderland player. The move represents a huge boost for the Black Cats who have been struggling mightily to score goals this season. The symbol of this struggle, Jozy Altidore, will be leaving Sunderland in part payment for Defoe. This is a good move for both players in addition to Sunderland.
Jan 14 - 1:46 PM

Former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe may be heading back to the Premier League after just five months playing for Toronto FC in the MLS.

This news has coincided with manager Ryan Nelsen leaving Toronto FC following the club's 3-0 defeat over the weekend. Toronto general manager Tim Bezbatchenko confirmed that the club have received an offer for Defoe, and Sky Sports are reporting this offer has come from Harry Redknapp's QPR. With the transfer deadline just hours away both clubs will need to get a move on if they are to get a deal completed.
Source: Sky Sports
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 04:06:00 AM

Jermain Defoe will miss the opportunity to make his farewell appearance for Tottenham against Dnipro in the Europa League because of a hamstring injury.

Of course, Defoe joins Toronto on Friday after Spurs agreed to a £6million move last month, so it is disappointing for the player and the fans that he won't have the chance to bow out with a goal. The striker is fifth in the Premier League club's all-time goalscoring chart, having scored 143 goals in 363 appearances in two separate spells. Sandro and Kyle Walker are doubtful for the tie, while Danny Rose and Etienne Capoue miss out after both picked up knee injuries in Sunday's loss at Norwich. Roberto Soldado will be given another chance in attack as Spurs look to reverse a 1-0 first leg deficit.
Source: BBC Sport
Thu, Feb 27, 2014 10:32:00 AM

Jermaine Defoe took one last bow in front of fans at White Hart Lane, doing what he is known for, scoring a goal from off the bench, as Tottenham survived an early struggle to defeat Crystal Palace 2-0.

A fantastic send off to a solid Premier League striker who still has plenty left in the tank to make a splash in MLS. Spurs were sluggish in the first half of this one, looking for a while like they were reverting back to their anemic attacking ways under Andres Villas-Boas, but Christian Eriksen continued his fine run of form by scoring the opener in the 50th minute, set up by a flick on from Emmanuel Adebayor. Defoe then replaced an ineffective Roberto Soldado on the 58nd minute, and showed some nimble footwork in front of goal to create and finish for his final goal for Tottenham. Spurs are riding high right now and will try to keep it up in Wales next weekend when they visit an injury plagued Swansea side.
Sat, Jan 11, 2014 01:03:00 PM