With Newcastle United looking certainties to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking, the punters propping up the bar in the Transfer Tavern are dancing in delirious delight.
In fact, what makes Rafa Benitez’s imperious march towards the title even sweeter for the Toon supporters frequenting in their droves is that Newcastle’s promotion looks as if it will come at the expense of bitter rivals Sunderland.
Little over a year ago, the Black Cats were dancing on the pitch when they condemned the Magpies to the Championship, so their perpetual struggles under David Moyes have come as music to the ears of the Tyneside drinkers.
So, imagine how happy the Geordies in the bar were to read reports from the Sun today. They claim Benitez is keen on Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe this summer, reportedly identifying him as the perfect addition to a side coming up from the Championship.
Despite playing in a largely terrible Sunderland side, the 34-year-old has scored 14 goals and made it back into the England squad, with the Newcastle supporters in the Tavern dreaming about his potential arrival.
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