It’s not every day an out of-contract 34-year-old causes such a fuss. Then again it’s not every day an out-of-contract 34-year-old ends a season with 14 Premier League goals for a side finishing bottom of the table.
Clearly, Sunderland talisman Jermain Defoe has still ‘got it’. So no wonder Everton have joined the race for the evergreen goal-machine, as reported by The Sun.
The newspaper adds that Bournemouth are prepared to offer Defoe a staggering £115,000-a-week deal – despite the England international turning 35 in just a few weeks’ time. However, Everton and West Ham are reported to be keen and why not?
The Toffees could do with a reliable goalscorer regardless of whether the Premier League’s most prolific marksman, Romelu Lukaku, stays or goes this summer. As manager Ronald Koeman pointed out, the club’s second highest scorers this season, Kevin Mirallas and Ross Barkley, have just four apiece.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman
That is not enough for a side with genuine ambitions of breaking into the top six next season.
And if Koeman’s previous comments on Defoe are anything to go by, it will be no surprise if they attempt to blow Bournemouth out of the water.
“Defoe is very dangerous, he is always finding space with good movements,” the Dutchman said in quotes reported by The Chronicle prior to Everton’s 3-0 win at the Stadium of Light in September, inspired by an 11-minute Lukaku hat-trick.
“If he has a chance, normally it’s a goal and we need to prepare for him because he is showing his productivity as a striker.”
Scoring at a prolific rate for a side completely lacking in creativity, Defoe’s productivity is unmatched by most forwards in the top flight. Just imagine how many chances, and goals, he would get if surrounded by Ross Barkley and Leighton Baines rather than Seb Larsson and Billy Jones.