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Sunderland looking for FA Cup inspiration to turn season around

Sunderland coach Gus Poyet has backed new signing Jermain Defoe to be a hit at the Stadium of Light.

After the disappointment of a narrow defeat at Tottenham last Saturday, Sunderland now find themselves in one of those cup ties that seems to pass people by -- a home draw against competent but hardly inspiring Championship opponents.

Ticket sales have been sluggish and a crowd that has usually been around 40,000 is more likely to be half that, despite the reduction in prices which seems obligatory in the early rounds of the FA Cup. The visitors' section is not likely to be over busy either.

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Jermain Defoe denied a debut goal as Sunderland slip further into trouble

Jermain Defoe had a disappointing return to White Hart Lane as his Sunderland side slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Tottenham.

On a day when Jermain Defoe failed to maintain his record of always scoring on debuts, an out-of-favour Sunderland striker missed two chances that could have turned a 2-1 defeat into victory over Defoe's former club Tottenham.

Danny Graham, Defoe's substitute, twice found himself in good positions only for the excellent Hugo Lloris to deny him in the Spurs goal.

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Graham's stay at Sunderland has been a disaster -- he's without a single goal to his name since his arrival from Swansea City two years...

Surging Tottenham spoil Jermain Defoe's return to the Prem

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Christian Eriksen (88') Tottenham 2-1 Sunderland

LONDON -- Three thoughts on Tottenham's 2-1 win over Sunderland at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

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1. Defoe can't save Sunderland on his own

It may prove to be a gamble that pays off as the season develops, but the signing of Jermain Defoe from MLS side Toronto FC brought no instant reward for Sunderland.

On his return to White Hart Lane, the 32-year-old striker huffed and puffed, but to little effect. He left the pitch in the 75th minute, having first removed himself from the pocket of centre-back...

Jozy Altidore, Toronto FC to both benefit from Jermain Defoe swap

ESPN FC's Tommy Smyth and Alexis Nunes weigh in on Jozy Altidore's return to MLS and how it could impact his game.

It came slightly later than expected, but as ESPNFC.com reported, Toronto FC officially announced Friday morning the signing of U.S. national team striker Jozy Altidore as part of a swap deal that sent former England forward Jermain Defoe to Premier League club Sunderland.

"Jozy is a special player, and checks off all of the boxes that we look for," TFC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said in a statement. "We are excited to finalize this deal."

Lucky, too. A year after trumpeting the ballyhooed...

Defoe addition would be welcomed boost for Sunderland

Sunderland and Toronto FC have agreed to a deal to swap strikers, with Black Cats misfit Jozy Altidore heading to the MLS and 32-year-old England international Jermain Defoe heading back the other way.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet faces a tough challenge to ensure history does not repeat itself if the signing of Jermain Defoe is sealed in time for him to appear against Tottenham Hotspur, a team both the manager and the player served with distinction.

When Sunderland's last prolific striker, Darren Bent, returned to Spurs as a Sunderland player, he failed to score as his team went down 2-0 despite dominating the game.

Bent even missed a penalty. But in most games that season, five years ago, he...

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Toronto FC-Sunderland propose Altidore-Defoe swap, Bony to City

U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann joins the ESPN FC show to discuss Jozy Altidore's potential move back to the MLS.

The winter window is now open, and that means the LIVE transfer blog swings back into action. Find out the latest news, gossip and done deals here.

TOP STORY: Altidore, Defoe to trade places?

With Sunderland scoring just 18 goals in 21 Premier League games this season, they badly need a finisher to notch the goals to keep them in the top flight. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and sources have told ESPN FC that Sunderland might be on the brink of a dramatic transfer coup.

According...