Would Jermain Defoe cross the Tyne and Wear divide after Sunderland’s relegation?

The Mackem demotion could be confirmed as early as today, depending on the Hull and Sunderland results.

After Lee Clark moved in the opposite direction, not many people would now be surprised by anything that happens – Clarkie having been born and bred on Tyneside and a Newcastle fan all his life.

Jermain Defoe is just another player, coming to the north east for money and the opportunity to play in the Premier League, so would it hold him back signing for Newcastle because he feels an overwhelming loyalty to the people of Sunderland?

The answer to that is ‘no’, according to former Arsenal player and now pundit, Perry Groves.

Groves says the decision would be so easy to make that Jermain Defoe would only take a ‘heartbeat’ to decide.

The striker is widely reported to have a clause in his contract which would allow him to leave for nothing this summer and despite being set to turn 35 in October, he will have no shortage of takers.

Despite playing for one of the worst Premier League sides ever, Defoe has managed 14 goals so far this season from 33 Premier League matches.

When you consider the Mackems have only scored 26 league goals in total, that is some going.

The fact the striker has started all of Sunderland’s PL matches this season, is also testament to his fitness levels.

In total, Jermain Defoe has scored 33 goals in 78 Premier League starts (plus 5 as sub) for Sunderland in the past two and a half seasons and quite clearly, they would have been relegated in each of the past two seasons without him.

Though even the former Tottenham striker couldn’t save them this time…

Perry Groves speaking to Talksport:

“I know that they say…Sunderland to Newcastle, would Jermain Defoe go? His loyalty is to Sunderland and all that…

“He would go in a heartbeat.

“Imagine Jermain Defoe going to Newcastle and wearing the number 9 shirt, scoring the 15-20 goals that guarantees them staying up.

“You are then on statue proportions aren’t you?”

  • Leicester Mag

    He’s a professional footballer not from the region he’ll play for the highest bidder. End of..

    • Jimblag23

      Defoe said in an interview he really regretted leaving West Ham because of the connection he felt with the club and fans and it really hurt being boo’d when he went back.
      He won’t make that mistake again, he’ll have offers from many other clubs. Most likely including West Ham.

      • Tony Johnson

        He probably thinks that Newcastle and Sunderland won’t meet again, in what is left of his career.

  • Cuh736

    We already have Dwight, so… either we sell up for Jermaine, or we forget Jermaine. I wouldn’t have both in my team if I were coach

    • Damon Horner

      Not think with Gayle’s hamstring and Defoe’s age and likely deteriorating impact that they could form a useful kind of “tag team” where one can play in place of the other which could ease things for both players?

      • Rich Lawson

        Yes,good point and with the money saved on Defoe being a free spend a few quid on Woods ?

  • Simon Ritter

    Perry Groves is no Perry Mason in reaching that conclusion. As somebody once nearly said: “No tish, Sherlock.”

  • Andynufc

    Don’t see the issue with having Defoe for season or two. First thing nufc need to achieve is to not be relegated again. He might not be for the long term future but for now we need a striker who’s proven that can score goals in the league. He’s proven that for the past few seasons in a team that’s fought relegation. Realistically I think he might finish up back down London

  • Paul Patterson

    If there is even a sniff of a chance to get him in for a season or two, do it!
    He will score 20 in a half decent side. Plus he’s already up in the region, a no brainer.

    • nufcslf

      It would be the kind of signing that would help straight away, which is critical and also put less panic into finding yet another unproven premier flop.

  • Jimblag23

    What an idiot! A statue cos he scores 15-20 goals in 1 season, maybe 2. That’s all Defoe has left in him.
    Defoe would never make that move, I’d put money on that.
    I’d prefer us to spend some cash on a younger model if we can anyway, great finisher though he is.

    • Paul Patterson

      Sadly that gets you Mitrovic . .

      • SH.ER

        So if i want a young Striker that will “gets me Mitrovic” ????????
        What do you mean exactly by that?
        There are many good younger players below 24 who are ready to explode in the Premier League scene
        The fact that you think there are no good young strikers in the world makes me just sick …

        • Paul Patterson

          Er, check what happened last season. A lot of money (£15m if I remember) was spent on Mitrovic and where did we go?
          Riviere was bought for a lot of money, Cabella and Thauvin were signed for a fortune. End product? Nowt.
          If we’d signed a Defoe, for a fraction of the money (he’s supposed to be free in the summer), we wouldn’t be playing Championship football. If we sign him for next season, we will stay up, of that I’m sure.

          • nufcslf


  • Geordiegiants

    We should of had him before he went to America.

    • nufcslf

      This is exactly what should have happened. I live in Vancouver and his time at TFC was a disaster. I thinking at the time, ‘Why the hell weren’t we in there asking questions to get him’. Then I remember Cashley is the owner and Pisdew was the manger…………

  • Wor Lass

    We didn`t get a statue of Loic Remy when his goals kept us up. Anyway, I`d hope our ambitions went beyond simply staying up (although that must be the FIRST target of any return season, I suppose). In a funny way, I would hope Defoe would knock us back. He`s a good player and has a season left in him at top level, but it would sort of restore some faith in human nature if he was to say that he couldn`t let Bradley Lowry down. He seems to have genuinely bonded with that kid and it would just make a pleasant change for a footballer to take a position like that. Groves is most likely right, though.

    • SH.ER

      Now you mentioned that season … my god
      painful memories :(
      I remember in that season, we just brought Remy on a loan in the whole season ( entire ) & finished in a respectable 10th place
      after that we started to spend money after the pressure from the fans on Ashley & then Newcastle collapsed with the new arrivals
      just sad how we gone backwards like that …..
      Hopefully Benitez will take control of things now ,,,

      • Guest 2

        Some memory you have, lad!

      • gallowgate26

        Bottom line for me is.. When he had a proper striker who could finish at PL level, we were fine. We even got in Europe one season. When Ba, Remy and Cisse (half a season) weren’t scoring we really struggled. I’m not convinced Gayle is in that class.

      • Malcolm Fisher

        Where is superstar Remy now,not on the top flight is he ?

        • Allan Kidd

          Came on as sub for Palace against Burnley today.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Defoe has always scored goals at every club he`s been at, he`s class

    • Jimblag23

      It’s true but there are many reasons he won’t come to us.

    • Jezza

      Agree 100%. He’s a player I have always admired and I was devastated when Sunderland signed him.

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Sorry but put sentiment to one side… the boy is a goals machine and has 2 seasons in him. I like Gayle and it would be nice for him to get a chance but he does seem injury prone and a question at prem level no matter what anyone says. If a championship side offers 15-20 million I can see Rafa going yes and signing Defoe with funds freed to invest across where he deems necessary. I still would keep Gayle but if Rafa has eyes on certain players and he needs to faciltate things to make the budget work I can see this happening especially as its a guarantee of premier league goals that would keep us in the Prem. Defoe would also get more chances than at Sunderland. I think Rafa will be ruthless.

  • Rich Lawson

    Depends if he wants to stay in the region,does he live in Darras Hall ? He will defo be in the prem next season with someone,West Ham is probably a good guess,I’d have him for nowt tho’ as he will still score goals wherever he ends up.

  • Malcolm Robinson

    would imagine young bradley would be in his mind so i think newcastle is a good possibility

  • HappyToons

    He’s too old. Fans have short memories as I recall not long ago so many saying we should get Bamford, or Charlie Austin, or Ross McCormick etc. I don’t recall any one saying sign Gayle! 3 of those 4 have been useless the last 2 years. In Rafa some of us trust…Defoe won’t be coming.