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Sebastian Larsson welcomes Sunderland AFC move for England international Jermain Defoe; Black Cats midfielder says any attempt to sign proven goalscorer Jermain Defoe would represent a great piece of business.

Byline: Steve Brown

Seb Larsson has welcomed Sunderland's reported interest in Jermain Defoe -- hailing him as a "proven goalscorer".

Chronicle Live understands the Toronto FC striker is on Wearside discussing a three-and-a-half-year contract with the Black Cats, in a player-plus-cash swap deal that could see Jozy Altidore join the MLS franchise.

Larsson insists he knows nothing about the move.

But with Sunderland having scored just 19 goals in 21 Premier League games this season, the Swedish international is keen to see the squad bolstered.

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"During the window, you always want to add to the squad," said Larsson.

"When the window closes, you'd like to have a few additions and a stronger team with more competition for places.

"Hopefully that's the case.

"But I've been quite good about staying away from the rumours, because I didn't know too much about that one (the Defoe one).

"He's a proven goalscorer, so that's great.

"But as I said, I haven't heard many rumours. Maybe I'm just not watching enough telly or reading newspapers!

"Whoever might come in, we'll welcome them and hopefully they'll make us even better."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Chronicle (Newscastle upon Tyne, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 14, 2015
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