According to a report in the Mirror, Bournemouth are plotting a fresh bid for unhappy Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe as they seek to bolster their attacking options this month.
The Cherries are well positioned to fight off relegation this season, currently occupying 15th position at the halfway stage and four points clear of Newcastle United in the final relegation spot.
While the situation looks fairly positive for the South Coast outfit, the Premier League can be unforgiving and Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is seemingly taking no chances as he looks to add more players.
As per the latest reports in the Mirror, Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe remains a key target and the newly-promoted side are ready to lodge a new bid and tempt the Wearside outfit into striking a deal.
“Bournemouth are ready to offer Jermain Defoe a fresh chance to escape his misery at Sunderland with a return to the south coast,” the report reads.
Further along in the report, the Mirror state how Defoe has been unhappy at the Stadium of Light for some time and a figure of £6 million is what the North East outfit would consider an acceptable amount.
Defoe, 33, is arguably in the twilight of his career yet he still has goals in his game – illustrated by his latest double in Sunderland’s 3-1 victory over fellow relegation contenders Aston Villa.
Allardyce would be reluctant to see his top scorer leave, yet the 61-year-old boss knows that Defoe is one of only a few real saleable assets in which he can use to strengthen other areas of the team.