SEB LARSSON hopes there are January additions to the Sunderland squad, with the Black Cats on the verge of landing Jermain Defoe.
Sunderland are close to finalising a move to bring England striker Defoe back to the Premier League after agreeing a deal last night 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 today, the 32-year-old is understood to be in the North East and is due to boost Gus Poyet’s attacking ranks after the Black Cats have netted just 18 goals in 21 Premier League games so far this season.
Sunderland midfielder Larsson was reluctant to be drawn on the Defoe speculation today, but is eager to see fresh additions, with Poyet’s men lying just a point above the relegation zone.
Larsson said: “During the window, you always want to add to the squad.
“When the window closes, you’d like to have a few additions and a stronger team with more competition for places.
“Hopefully that’s the case.
“But I’ve been quite good about staying away from the rumours, because I didn’t know too much about that one (the Defoe one).
“He’s a proven goalscorer, so that’s great.
“But as I said, I haven’t heard many rumours. Maybe I’m just not watching enough telly or reading newspapers!
“Whoever might come in, we’ll welcome them and hopefully they’ll make us even better.”
Sunderland will beat off competition from a host of Premier League clubs if they can complete a deal for Defoe, while also offloading Altidore, who has netted just one top flight goal during his miserable 18-month spell at the Stadium of Light.
The MLS itself will effectively buy Altidore before deciding who he plays for under the league’s re-allocation process.
But with Toronto above fellow interested parties New York Red Bulls and Portland Timbers in the re-allocation rankings, the Canadian club are in pole position to effectively conduct a striker swap deal with Sunderland.