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Five Underrated Serie A Stars Premier League Clubs Should Sign

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Five Underrated Serie A Stars Premier League Clubs Should Sign - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Opening up the papers from the past few days, one would find transfer column inches dominated by two of the biggest names in Serie A – Juan Cuadrado and Paul Pogba. There's a sort of fatalism in Italian football concerning star players these days, in that clubs don't possess the kind of financial clout to keep hold of them through the peak years of their careers.

Premier League Relegation: The Battle at the Bottom

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Premier League Relegation: The Battle at the Bottom - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The battle at the bottom is as tight as ever this season, and at this stage at least eight teams are scrapping for their lives in the Premier League. We take a look at the sides from 12th to 20th and see who's best equipped to ward off the drop.

Toronto FC Puts MLS On Notice With Big Signings

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When Toronto FC went all in last summer and signed Michael Bradley, Gilberto, Julio Cesar and Jermain Defoe I expected the move to send them into the MLS Cup. But it all went wrong in Toronto and once again one of the best supported teams in Major League Soccer failed to reach the playoffs.

Most ownership groups would be gun-shy after spending all that money and getting nothing in return, but not TFC ownership who have doubled down on last summer's investment as they try to compete in what will a very competitive Eastern Conference.

Why Rescuing Jermain Defoe From MLS Is Good Business for Sunderland

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With the January transfer window open, here's my column to sort through all of the good buys and bad buys in this calendar month as clubs across Europe attempt to add depth to their squad while others look for a way to offload excess weight or to make a sizable profit.

For this week's column, I have two good buys and twobad busy.

Why Rescuing Jermain Defoe From MLS Is Good Business for Sunderland

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With the January transfer window open, here's my column to sort through all of the good buys and bad buys in this calendar month as clubs across Europe attempt to add depth to their squad while others look for a way to offload excess weight or to make a sizable profit.

For this week's column, I have two good buys and twobad busy.

Five Things to look out for in the Premier League weekend

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Five Things to look out for in the Premier League weekend - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With gameweek 22 upon us in the Premier League, Manchester City vs Arsenal rightly hogs the limelight in a blockbuster clash. Several subplots are about to unfold across 10 games while we could witness how some of the January signings fare in their new colours.

Sunderland Complete Signing of Jermain Defoe From Toronto FC

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Sunderland have completed the signing of England striker Jermain Defoe from Toronto FC with Jozy Altidore heading in the opposite direction.

The Black Cats have confirmed that the 32-year-old former Tottenham frontman has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal after completing a swap with United States international Altidore.

Sunderland Complete Signing of Jermain Defoe From Toronto FC

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Sunderland have completed the signing of England striker Jermain Defoe from Toronto FC with Jozy Altidore heading in the opposite direction.

The Black Cats have confirmed that the 32-year-old former Tottenham frontman has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal after completing a swap with United States international Altidore.

Preview: Tottenham vs Sunderland

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Jermain Defoe will hope to play a key role in Sunderland's quest for a first win in four league outings when the Black Cats visit the White Hart Lane...

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Jermain Defoe Will Help Keep Sunderland in the Premier League

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The deal to take Jermain Defoe to Sunderland in exchange for Jozy Altidore is nearing completion with the agreement of terms that will take Altidore to Toronto the only thing holding up official confirmation from the Wearside club. Defoe is expected to sign a two-and-a-half year deal at the Stadium of Light.

Jermain Defoe Will Help Keep Sunderland in the Premier League

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The deal to take Jermain Defoe to Sunderland in exchange for Jozy Altidore is nearing completion with the agreement of terms that will take Altidore to Toronto the only thing holding up official confirmation from the Wearside club. Defoe is expected to sign a two-and-a-half year deal at the Stadium of Light.

Alan Pardew Admits Defeat In Chase to Sign Jermain Defoe for Crystal Palace

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Alan Pardew has admitted he failed to convince Jermain Defoe to sign for Crystal Palace over Sunderland.

Defoe is on the brink of rubber-stamping his move to Wearside from Toronto FC, with Pardew conceding Palace were forced out of the race for the former England striker.

Palace have secured Arsenal forward Yaya Sanogo on loan with new Eagles boss Pardew aiming to sign another striker during the January transfer window.

Alan Pardew Admits Defeat In Chase to Sign Jermain Defoe for Crystal Palace

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Alan Pardew has admitted he failed to convince Jermain Defoe to sign for Crystal Palace over Sunderland.

Defoe is on the brink of rubber-stamping his move to Wearside from Toronto FC, with Pardew conceding Palace were forced out of the race for the former England striker.

Palace have secured Arsenal forward Yaya Sanogo on loan with new Eagles boss Pardew aiming to sign another striker during the January transfer window.

Sunderland Waiting On MLS to Process Paperwork Before Jozy Altidore Swap Is Finalized

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Jermain Defoe is expected to become a Sunderland player on Friday after the final details of his transfer were tied up.

However, the Black Cats are waiting for Jozy Altidore's proposed swap-move to Toronto to be processed before making an announcement.

Press Association Sport understands the Defoe end of the deal is in place, but Altidore only flew to Canada on Thursday to push through his return to the MLS with Toronto five hours behind England.

Sunderland Waiting On MLS to Process Paperwork Before Jozy Altidore Swap Is Finalized

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Jermain Defoe is expected to become a Sunderland player on Friday after the final details of his transfer were tied up.

However, the Black Cats are waiting for Jozy Altidore's proposed swap-move to Toronto to be processed before making an announcement.

Press Association Sport understands the Defoe end of the deal is in place, but Altidore only flew to Canada on Thursday to push through his return to the MLS with Toronto five hours behind England.

Rebuilding in the Premier League

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In a Premier League season where avoiding relegation is a struggle for a lot of teams, the January transfer window looms large. Read More

Jozy Altidore Flies Out to Toronto to Complete Move to MLS

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Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore was on his way to Toronto on Thursday morning as he and Jermain Defoe prepared to trade places.

Press Association Sport understands the 25-year-old United States international was booked on a flight to Canada after traveling down to London from the north-east on Wednesday evening with Defoe, 32, having headed in the opposite direction.

Jozy Altidore Flies Out to Toronto to Complete Move to MLS

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Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore was on his way to Toronto on Thursday morning as he and Jermain Defoe prepared to trade places.

Press Association Sport understands the 25-year-old United States international was booked on a flight to Canada after traveling down to London from the north-east on Wednesday evening with Defoe, 32, having headed in the opposite direction.

Sunderland Close to Signing Jermain Defoe While Jozy Altidore Will Return to MLS

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Sunderland are hopeful of concluding a deal to bring striker Jermain Defoe back to the Barclays Premier League as they continue advanced talks with him.

Press Association Sport understands the two parties are close to thrashing out a deal which would see the 32-year-old end an 11-month stay in the MLS with Toronto FC and return to English football.

Sunderland Close to Signing Jermain Defoe While Jozy Altidore Will Return to MLS

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Sunderland are hopeful of concluding a deal to bring striker Jermain Defoe back to the Barclays Premier League as they continue advanced talks with him.

Press Association Sport understands the two parties are close to thrashing out a deal which would see the 32-year-old end an 11-month stay in the MLS with Toronto FC and return to English football.

Five things we learnt from Gameweek 21 of the Premier League

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With yet another excruciating action of the Premier League coming to an end, game week 21 threw some obvious results with Chelsea and Arsenal ensuring routine draws at home. Manchester City however saw themselves held by an energetic Everton side while Liverpool rode on good fortune to win at Sunderland.

Volatile Allocation Rules Continue to dog MLS in Jozy Altidore Saga

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If you thought by now that Major League Soccer would have eliminated the confusion over American international allocation, you'd be wrong. The truth is, they've thrown us for yet another loop.

Word is that Jozy Altidore is on his way out of Sunderland, and out of all the potential destinations, MLS is the destination offering Altidore the highest salary of all.

Volatile Allocation Rules Continue to dog MLS in Jozy Altidore Saga

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If you thought by now that Major League Soccer would have eliminated the confusion over American international allocation, you'd be wrong. The truth is, they've thrown us for yet another loop.

Word is that Jozy Altidore is on his way out of Sunderland, and out of all the potential destinations, MLS is the destination offering Altidore the highest salary of all.

Markovic Scores In Sunderland Win

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Liverpool successfully ground out a 1-0 win over ten man Sunderland on Saturday after a Lazar Markovic goal in the first half sealed the deal for the Reds. It wasn't a perfect performance from Brendan's side by any stretch of the imagination but there were certainly positives to take from the game including the clean sheet and influential performance from Markovic.

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham 2-1 Sunderland – Onward Christian Eriksen! Dane Fires Late Late Lilywhites To Victory (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Sunderland Premier League 18th January 2015

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Christian Eriksen once again netted a late winner for Tottenham, who remain well in the hunt for top-four finish.

Jan Vertonghen's deflected effort opened the scoring for the hosts but Seb Larsson equalised courtesy of a fine free-kick on the half-hour marik.

GIF Sebastian Larsson goal vs Tottenham | Sunderland Larsson free kick video 2015

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GIF Sebastian Larsson goal vs Tottenham | Sunderland Larsson free kick video 2015 is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter This cracking Seb Larsson goal vs Spurs (GIF BELOW) was one of the standout goals from around the league in the games played on 17th January, 2015.

Jermain Defoe CAN make his Sunderland debut against Spurs

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HERE IT IS: #WelcomeJermain #ScarfPic @IAmJermainDefoe pic.twitter.com/xCrrs4wxP0 — Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) January 16, 2015 Jermain Defoe...

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Jermain Defoe will be like Spurs flop Darren Bent for Sunderland, says Niall Quinn

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Jermain Defoe could ignite Sunderland like Tottenham flop Darren Bent did for the Black Cats, says the club's former player and chairman Niall...

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Spurs hoping Jermain Defoe’s record of always scoring on debut changes as Sunderland deal nears

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Tottenham will be hoping Jermain Defoe's record of always scoring on his debut for a new side changes if he lines up for Sunderland at the...

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Ex-Spurs and West Ham striker Jermain Defoe agrees to join Sunderland

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Jermain Defoe has agreed an £80,000-a-week deal to return to the Premier League with Sunderland, according to reports. The Toronto FC striker has...

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Jermain Defoe wants third spell with Spurs…but club not keen

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Jermain Defoe reportedly wants a third spell with Tottenham but the club are not keen to take him up. The 32-year-old is currently training with the...

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Liverpool

Fabio Borino ‘happy’ at Liverpool after ‘playing more than expected’

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Fabio Borini has insisted he is happy at Liverpool after bizarrely claiming he has played more than he has expected, despite him rarely featuring in...

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Snapshot: Quiz Show Contestant Gives Hilarious Answer To Question About Infamous Anfield ‘Beach Ball’ Incident…

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By Chris Wright

This is quite hard to watch: A contestant on last night's episode of ITV quiz show 'The Chase' caused a minor stir on Twitter after giving a truly inspired answer to the question, "In 2009, Sunderland scored against Liverpool when the football deflected in off what object?

Visualized: Liverpool 1-0 Sunderland

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Previous Match Infographics: Leicester (h), Swansea (h), Burnley (a), Arsenal (h), Manchester United (a), Basel (h), Sunderland (h), Leicester (a), Stoke (h), Ludogorets (a), Crystal Palace (a), Chelsea (h), Real Madrid (a), Newcastle (a), Hull (h), Real Madrid (h), QPR (a), West Brom (h), Basel (a), Everton (h), West Ham (a), Ludogorets (h), Aston Villa (h), Tottenham (a), Manchester City (a), Southampton (h)

As always, match data from Stats Zone, except shot location from Squawka and average player position from ESPN FC.

Major League Soccer

Official: Jozy Altidore joins Toronto FC

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USMNT striker Jozy Altidore is now a member of Toronto FC, completing a move from Premier League club Sunderland. Read More

Toronto FC Signs Jozy Altidore As Designated Player

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The enigma known as Jozy Altidore has left Sunderland and joined Toronto FC as a Designated Player in MLS.

Jermain Defoe's move to Sunderland cleared the way for the two clubs to agree a swap deal with Altidore heading back to North America after playing for several years in Europe for a series of different clubs.

Toronto FC Signs Jozy Altidore As Designated Player

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The enigma known as Jozy Altidore has left Sunderland and joined Toronto FC as a Designated Player in MLS.

Jermain Defoe's move to Sunderland cleared the way for the two clubs to agree a swap deal with Altidore heading back to North America after playing for several years in Europe for a series of different clubs.

Official: Jermain Defoe Joins Sunderland In Ludicrously Massive Deal, Jozy Altidore Slinks Out T’Other Way (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

It's been in the offing for well over a week now but, as of this afternoon, Jermain Defoe is a Sunderland player.

Defoe has signed for Gus Poyet's merry rag-tag band on a three-and-a-half-year deal, with Sunderland reportedly paying Toronto FC a whopping £14million for the privilege.

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FA Cup Fourth Round Preview: Sunderland vs Fulham

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Fulham manager Kit Symons is eyeing a surprise win when his side visit the Stadium of Light for an FA Cup clash with Premier League side Sunderland...

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Soccer News Update: Pablo Mastroeni’s mustache

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Pablo Mastroeni's mustache took the attention at the 2015 MLS SuperDraft and it does it again in Friday's soccer news update. Read More