Should Newcastle United have tried to sign Jermain Defoe?

Countless times over the years United have been linked with the striker, even in the summer transfer window there was yet more speculation that Newcastle could sign him just as the window was closing.

jermain defoeAfterwards Jermain Defoe said;

“I was at home seeing other things – like ‘Jermain Defoe might be going to Newcastle’. I’m thinking: ‘What? That’s news to me.’ It was mad.”

Moving forward to this current transfer window however and today it has been confirmed that Defoe has passed his medical for Sunderland, with a deal expected to be completed shortly and Jozy Altidore heading back to the MLS as part of the arrangement.

Defoe telling The Mirror;

“I felt so sharp, all the hard work has paid off. I can’t wait to start scoring goals for Sunderland.

“People might look at my age, but I have always looked after myself and I hope I can show that with my performances.”

The bare facts are that Jermain Defoe is now 32 years of age and his most recent goalscoring form is that of 10 goals in 22 games for Spurs last season and 12 in 17 for Toronto.

The soon to be Sunderland striker is reported to have agreed a deal which will see him paid £70,000 a week.

With United desperate for at least one new goalscorer, our question today is should Newcastle have tried to sign Jermain Defoe? Vote now.