Report: Bournemouth chasing Jermain Defoe, but would Sunderland regret his sale?

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The former Tottenham forward may be moving back South as he struggles to fit into manager Dick Advocaat's system.

Several media outlets, such as the Mail, are reporting that Premier League newcomers Bournemouth are looking into the signing of Sunderland's Jermain Defoe, which would see the forward return to Dorset after 14 years.

Defoe shot to prominence at the Cherries when on loan from West Ham as a youngster, scoring 18 goals in 27 games alongside current boss Eddie Howe, including a record of netting in 10 successive matches.

That was in the 2000-01 League Two season, and with Bournemouth having failed to score in their first two matches of the current campaign, their first in the top flight, they are looking at Defoe as a quality addition, say the Mail.

However, Sunderland have also struggled in their two opening league games, and the loss of Defoe, one of the highest scoring Premier League players currently in the division, could be seen as a blow to their entire campaign, even if Dick Advocaat seems to struggle to know where to employ him.

Though Defoe only scored 4 goals last season after arriving from Toronto, they were key goals, with his superb derby winner against Newcastle vital in the Black Cats' attempts to escape the drop zone.

Advocaat has already made it clear that he doesn't think Defoe can play centrally in the Dutchman's preferred system, while this summer, the England striker revealed his preference to play as a striker, in an interview with the Echo.

With this apparent disagreement in what his playing position should be, perhaps it's not surprising that the 32-year-old is being linked with a return to the south. But Advocaat should take note that his striker scored in the opening day defeat against Leicester City, and he would have painfully thin attacking options if Defoe left, given Connor Wickham's sale to Crystal Palace.

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