Report: Bournemouth interested in Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe, if Black Cats are relegated

Bournemouth are keen to add to their squad with Sunderland forward Jermain Deofe, formerly of West Ham and Tottenham.

As per a report in the Mirror, Championship champions Bournemouth are keen to sign Jermain Defoe this summer, if Sunderland are relegated to the second tier.

Defoe only arrived at the Stadium of Light in the January transfer window, and his four goals for the Black Cats have done much to ease them away from the relegation places.

They are now two points clear of 18th places Hull, with a better goal difference than Newcastle meaning that they reside in 16th place, and many would suggest they are now safe.

Despite a tricky run-in, they also have a game in hand over all their relegation rivals, and Dick Advocaat looks to have done enough to keep the club in the top flight.

Defoe himself has played a key role in this fight for survival, and his undoubted Premier League talent, and years of experience of top flight football has the Cherries keen on his services.

A 201-goal veteran, Defoe, 32, has played for Tottenham, West Ham and Portsmouth, whilst his prior spell to his time with Sunderland was in MLS with Toronto. He has scored goals wherever he has played, and his poaching style would work well in Eddie Howe’s ultra-attacking system.

He is still has a desire to play for England, and his return to the Premier League was in part to fight for a return to the international set-up, after being overlooked during his time with Toronto.

If the Wearside club are relegated, Defoe is surely going to be keen on leaving especially if new Premier League side Bournemouth show a concrete interest. There is no reference to a value on his services, although the ageing forward could force a move away if it meant a return to the top flight.

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