Report: Sunderland rule out selling Jermain Defoe to Bournemouth

Bournemouth had reportedly told Sunderland that they were willing to pay £5m for Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe.

According to a report in The Sun, Bournemouth are plotting a £5 million bid for Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe.

The Cherries have told the Black Cats of their interest in the veteran forward, but the Black Cats have reportedly told them that Defoe is not for sale (The Sun). 

The former England international has been in fine form for Sam Allardyce's men this term, and he has rolled back the years with some of his performances. 

Sam Allardyce is reportedly still looking for strikers, but they still believe Defoe will be their main man for the rest of the season. 

The former England international has netted 12 goals in 20 appearances in all competitions so far, and he leads the North East club’s goal-scoring charts.

Bournemouth have already brought in Lewis Grabban and Benik Afobe to strengthen their strike force in January, but manager Eddie Howe is believed to be looking for further new signings. 

Sunderland do not want to lose Defoe to another one of their relegation rivals, though, and they have ruled out a sale of their star striker today. 

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