Self-exiled Nigerian international Victor Anichebe wants to learn from England star Jermain Defoe following his move to Sunderland this summer.
The 28-year-old was without a club after leaving West Bromwich Albion last season but reunited with former manager David Moyes who gave him a huge breakthrough at Everton and wants to repay the faith of the Scots in him.
Anichebe hopes to partner Sunderland topscorer Defoe to great effect this season as he also looks to revive his career.
“I was speaking to JD before; everyone knows he’s such a great player,” Anichebe told the Sunderland website.
“We played against Sunderland last season and I was watching from the side, just watching Defoe, his movement.
“He is so strong for a small guy and you know when he gets a chance he’s either going to hit the target or score.
“I told him that he’s one of the reasons I came here because I feel I can learn a lot from him.”
Anichebe failed to score a single goal in the 2015/16 season but he is determined to make progress with his latest move.
“Even though I’m 28, you can always learn, there’s always time for that,” Anichebe said.
“That’s what I’m coming here for and I will give my all because I know what a great opportunity I have here.
“I will try to help the football club as much as I can.”