Defoe shrugs of transfer talk to concentrate on Sunderland survival

They may be involved in a scrap for relegation this season, but Sunderland's players clearly remembered there are things more important than football this week.

Jermain Defoe has sent a message of support to Bradley Lowery after he and his SAFC team-mates visited the poorly youngster in hospital.

The young fan, who has been battling a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma since 2013, was able to spend time with his favourite player, Jermain Defoe.

Defoe replied with a tweet of his own: "Love you little man. #bestfriends".

And Januzaj, five months into his spell under David Moyes, has attracted more blame than praise, but his recent performance at No.10 during Sunderland's 4-0 win over Crystal Palace last weekend - hallmarked by two smart assists - reminded the watching world of his unquestionable talent.

Bradley's family had been raising money for antibody treatment in America, but his mother said in December that the cancer had grown and that "Bradley will lose his fight".

The Toffees donated £200,000 to him after that game and he hit a fundraising target of £700,000 at the end of a year ago.

Bradley went on the pitch ahead of Sunderland's clash with Chelsea in December and scored a penalty against Asmir Begovic.

Captain John O'Shea, Sebastian Larsson and Vito Mannone were also on hand to cheer the youngster up, with the latter writing an emotional post on his social media accounts.

"Thank you to Sunderland AFC you have been unbelievable for Bradley".

Bradley even fell asleep cuddling Jermain in his hospital bed.

In response, the club shared photos of the visit with the caption: "The lads loved catching up with him!"

  • Julie Sanders