Sunderland are poised to complete a move for Toronto FC striker Jermain Defoe in what is, from their perspective, a contender for the greatest deal ever made.
All the information on the January transfer window you could possibly imagine can be accessed by clicking the below link, supporting the theory that Wearsiders have struck a fantastic agreement.
The Black Cats sit one point above the relegation zone and can be backed at 3/1 to fall through the top-tier trapdoor this season.
A lack of goals is their primary concern, with their tally of 18 worse than that managed by all of their contemporaries aside from Aston Villa.
What better way to eradicate this particular problem by recruiting a seasoned scorer who has a track record of shining when snared halfway through a campaign?
Defoe’s acquisition has not come cheap – allegedly £14m will be spent in wages, bonuses and transfer fees over his two-and-a-half-year stint at the club – but as if his impending arrival wasn’t enough, the Wearsiders have also managed to rid themselves of one of the primary causes for their failures in the final third.
Misfiring American Josmer Volmy Altidore will be shipped out to the Canadian club in exchange for the 32-year-old.
So not only have Sunderland shed a seemingly unshedable wage sponge who has registered just a solitary Premier League strike in his career to date, they’ve gained a player with 214 goals from 524 appearances in English football.
His record when moving in January should be of particular interest to Sunderland supporters.
When he left West Ham to join Tottenham in January of the 2003/04 campaign he promptly set about endearing himself to the Lilywhite fraternity with seven goals in his first 15 league outings.
An even better strike rate was recorded following his mid-term switch to Portsmouth in 2007/08, where he bagged eight in 12.
Defoe then notched two in six following his January return to White Hart Lane in 2008/09.
Should he replicate these heroics for the Stadium of Light club, their sturdy backline will enable them to pocket the points to pull away from the drop zone and see a few points shaved off their already trim 1/5 for survival.