Bournemouth are ready to bring in at least two new strikers in January but they are not looking at new faces as old boys Jermain Defoe and Lewis Grabban are at the top of their list, HITC Sport understands.
Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is desperate to get Defoe’s huge £80,000-a-week wage packet off his wage bill and they are ready to hand him a free transfer, which will allow suitors to take on his big contract – and Bournemouth are ready to make their move.
Defoe enjoyed a hugely successful loan spell at Bournemouth at the start of his career, scoring 18 goals and netting in 10 consecutive games to equal league record and now he is set to get the chance to show his skills once again on the South Coast.
But Bournemouth are ready to throw some big money at trying to get goals in their side – as they have been hampered by the early season loss of leading marksman Callum Wilson to a long-term knee injury.
Eddie Howe did manage to sign Glenn Murray from Crystal Palace on deadline day, but that same day he missed out on Grabban – who was at Dean Court, only for the move to collapse.
And Howe no doubt wishes things could have been different as he has now told his chiefs that he is happy for Murray to move on just months after arriving, if he can get new faces in, and he wants Grabban back.
Grabban spent two hugely successful seasons with Bournemouth up to 2014, when Norwich City landed him by paying a release clause in his contract – but the 27-year-old is still regarded very highly by the Cherries and they are desperate to re-sign him.
The People understands that Bournemouth are not the only club who want, him with rival Premier League clubs and almost a dozen Championship clubs keen – but Grabban loved his time on the South Coast and that is likely to swing his decision.