'Please explain why we didn't sign him': Everton fans react as Jermain Defoe scores first Bournemouth goal

Everton's supporters celebrate the first goal by Everton's British forward Wayne Rooney during a friendly football match between Everton and Kenya's Gor Mahia, at the Dar-es-Salaam stadium,...

Everton failed to properly replace last season's top scorer Romelu Lukaku.

Romelu Lukaku of Everton celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at Emirates Stadium on May 21, 2017 in London, England.Romelu Lukaku in action for Everton

Everton's failure to recruit another striker in the final weeks of the transfer window is well documented.

Having lost Romelu Lukaku to Sunday's opponents Manchester United, it would appear that a proper number 9 was top of the Toffees' agenda.

The names of Olivier Giroud, Raul Jimenez and Kenneth Zohore were those most prominently associated with Ronald Koeman's team, but Everton ended up empty handed.

As far as some Evertonians are concerned, though, another, more diminutive option should have been considered earlier in the summer, after watching him open his account for his latest employers on Friday.

Jermain Defoe of AFC Bournemouth (18) celebrates as he scores their second goal  during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Brighton and Hove Albion at Vitality Stadium on...Jermain Defoe in action for Bournemouth

Though less than a month away from his 35th birthday, there is little doubt that Bournemouth's Jermain Defoe can still cut it at Premier League level - after he scored the winner in his side's 2-1 win against Brighton & Hove Albion on Friday.

And the following Toffees fans certainly think so...

Solly March had given Brighton the lead at Dean Court, but Andrew Surman replied for Bournemouth before Defoe's quickfire winner.

The England striker scored 15 Premier League goals for Sunderland last season, but was unable to save the Mackems from relegation and left on a free transfer.

Should Everton have signed Defoe?

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