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Changing man: will Defoe set a new record?

Filed: Thursday, 19th January 2017
By: Staff Writer

Jermain Defoe will set as new record should he leave Sunderland this month - by becoming the first player to make five moves during the winter transfer window.

Defoe, 34, has already moved clubs four times in January during his career - a record matched only by former Chelsea and Manchester City full back Wayne Bridge.

However should the Beckton-born Defoe return to his home-town club - a possibility on which many bets have been placed this week - he will set a new record unmatched anywhere else.

Defoe first January move came in 2004, when he moved from West Ham to Tottenham. Four season later he left White Hart Lane at the same stage of the season in orde to join Portsmouth.

Only a year later Defoe was on his way back to White Lane, again in the January window.

Having left Tottenham and spent time in the USA he returned to the Premier League in January 2015 with Sunderland - who are desperately trying to keep him at the Stadium of Light.

Meanwhile ten other players have made three moves during January since the winter transfer window first opened for business 14 years ago - including Calum Davenport, Mido, Nigel Quashie and Robbie Keane, all opf whom spent time at West Ham.

In terms of strikers, only SIX forwards have contributed to more than ten goals in a particular season after joining a club in Janaury. They are as follows...

* Our thanks to Bwin for supplying the graphics.

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