Jermain Defoe poses in his new Sunderland shirt today

Jermain Defoe joins Sunderland: Striker joins on three-and-a-half year deal in swap with Jozy Altidore and is eligible to face Tottenham

Striker scored 120 goals during spells with West Ham United, Portsmouth and Spurs in the Premier League

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Jermain Defoe to Sunderland: £14m former Tottenham striker having medical

The England international would end his 11-month stay in Toronto and the deal could see Jozy Altidore go the opposite way

Lionel Messi signs autographs outside the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zurich on Monday

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Arsenal have spent less than QPR, Hull and Crystal Palace since the January transfer window was created in 2003

Arsenal have an average net spend of just £4.3m in the January window

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Lazar Markovic scores for Liverpool

Sunderland vs Liverpool match report: Lazar Markovic breaks his Premier League duck to give Reds unconvincing win over 10-man Black Cats

Sunderland 0 Liverpool 1: Markovic struck inside the first 10 minutes to give Brendan Rodgers' side the three points

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Fabio Borini (L) and Lucas Leiva of Liverpool laughing during a training session

Sunderland vs Liverpool team news: Fabio Borini starts against former club but no Raheem Sterling for Reds as Black Cats change four

Borini spent part of last season on loan with Sunderland but replaces Rickie Lambert for today's clash

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Steven Gerrard celebrates giving Liverpool the lead with the first of his two goals against AFC Wimbledon on Monday night

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Check out all the vital statistics concerning the two sides' midfielders ahead of this weekend's Premier League meeting at the Stadium of Light

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The latest stories and all the transfer rumours on Thursday 8 January

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