Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Defoe Wages Likely to KO Cats Deal; Defoe's Wages to Scupper Cats Deal

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Defoe Wages Likely to KO Cats Deal; Defoe's Wages to Scupper Cats Deal

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

Jermain JERMAIN Defoe's wage demands are likely to scupper any plans to swap the Toronto striker for Sunderland's Jozy Altidore.

The Canadian media mooted the idea at the weekend, and in many ways it would be perfect for the Black Cats - allowing them to sign the proven goalscorer they so badly need and offload Altidore in the process.

But Defoe's PS90,000-a-week wages have already ended Queens Park Rangers' interest and there seems little chance Sunderland would be prepared to come close to matching that.

With Tottenham Hotspur also considering a move, a return to his former club seems far more likely for the 55-cap England international.

With three years of his four-year contract still to run, Major League Soccer side Toronto do not have to sell the striker cheaply, but with Defoe eager to return to England it seems they are willing to do a deal.

Defoe scored 124 Premier League goals before leaving White Hart Lane for the MLS 12 months ago.

Altidore has had just two over two-and-a-half seasons with Hull City and Sunderland.

Turn to Page 40 FROM BACK PAGE But the 25-year-old is well thought of in North America, thanks largely to his record of 25 goals in 76 appearances for the United States of America.

Defoe has been training with Tottenham during the American off-season.

Sunderland would love to cut their losses on a player who cost them PS7m, but Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Liverpool highlighted the need to bring in a replacement.

With Steven Fletcher injured and Altidore apparently ill, the Black Cats brought Danny Graham and Mikael Mandron off the bench at the Stadium of Light. Neither has started a game under coach Gustavo Poyet and Graham seems sure to go out on loan again this season, most likely to Wigan Athletic. …

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