By RYAN TOLMICH
Toronto FC appear set to replace their superstar striker with a big-name, American replacement.
TSN is reporting that TFC will send Jermain Defoe to Sunderland in exchange for U.S. Men’s National Team striker Jozy Altidore and cash considerations, which are reported to be “significant.” Defoe, who heads back to England after just one season in MLS, has reportedly signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with Sunderland worth about $129,000 a week.
Defoe’s MLS adventure ends after just 19 games and 11 goals, and the English striker will now join a side in need of a scoring touch. Sunderland has scored just 18 goals in 21 league games this season.
Altidore, who has reportedly signed a four-year deal as a Designated Player, will now join up with U.S. Men’s National Team teammate Michael Bradley as members of TFC. The move would also represent the MLS return for the forward who scored 15 goals in 37 appearances for the New York Red Bulls. The Red Bulls and Portland Timbers also pursued the American striker.
What do you think of the potential deal? How would Altidore fare with TFC? What do you expect from Defoe with Sunderland?
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