Report: Jermain Defoe could leave Sunderland in summer transfer window

Jermain Defoe's future at Sunderland is apparently in doubt already.

The Mirror is reporting that Sunderland are already considering selling Jermain Defoe this summer. 

Defoe, who joined Sunderland in January, has not managed to fire the club away from the relegation zone and doubts over his future are already starting to emerge.

The 32-year-old signed a three-and-a-half year deal when he arrived, but apparently the Black Cats would be willing to listen to offers in the upcoming transfer window. 

What would the impact of losing Defoe be for Sunderland?

Defoe certainly has struggled to find the back of the net regularly at the Stadium of Light, but losing him would be a big risk.

Sunderland have a lack of other options up front, with Steven Fletcher and Connor Wickham both struggling to score this season, and they would have to invest heavily in at least one striker this summer if they did allow Defoe to depart. 

The worry for Sunderland is that Defoe is unlikely to improve too much. He is reaching the twilight of his career now, at the age of 32, and he was always likely to be a short-term option rather than a long-term solution for their striking problems. 

It means that a front man is likely to be high up on their list of priorities in the next transfer window and Defoe appears to have a lot to prove over the remainder of the campaign. 

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