Report: Bournemouth rule out re-signing Sunderland's Jermain Defoe despite Wilson's injury

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Bournemouth reportedly aren't interested in re-signing Jermain Defoe.

According to the Daily Mirror, Bournemouth aren't interested in a January deal to re-sign Southampton striker Jermain Defoe.

Defoe, 32, hit 19 goals in 31 games for the Cherries during a season-long loan deal with the club in the 2000-2001 season, becoming a real hit on the South Coast before returning to parent club West Ham United.

Future moves to Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth, Toronto and Sunderland followed for Defoe, who has carved out a great career as a classic poacher.

With Sunderland, Defoe has scored six goals in 23 games, but has often been stuck out on the left hand side of Dick Advocaat's 4-3-3 system, with the former England international desperate to play as a central striker instead.

A chance to play in that role has opened up at former club Bournemouth, with star striker Callum Wilson ruled out for the majority of the season having torn his anterior cruciate ligament against Stoke City on Saturday.

The Mirror report that Bournemouth will move to replace Wilson in January - but they won't be pursuing a move to re-sign Defoe.

That means that Defoe may end up staying on Wearside, and despite his modest goal return so far, the veteran will want a role as a central striker - something he may not consistently get if Dick Advocaat retains his job as Black Cats boss for the foreseeable future.

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