West Ham United, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace have been linked with Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe.

Former Arsenal attacker Paul Merson has explained in The Daily Star why Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe should join Bournemouth in the summer transfer window.

Defoe has been Sunderland’s best player this season, and with the Black Cats having been relegated to the Championship, it is hard to see the England international striker remaining at the Stadium of Light next season.

The 34-year-old former West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur striker has scored 15 goals and provided two assists in the league for the Black Cats this campaign.

According to The Daily Mail, Bournemouth and West Ham United are interested in signing Defoe from Sunderland in the summer transfer window.

The London Evening Standard has quoted Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce as saying that he wants to recruit the 34-year-old in the summer.

Former Arsenal attacker Merson has stated that Defoe should join Bournemouth and has explained why.

Merson believes that Defoe would fit into the Bournemouth playing style and would get regular playing time for the Cherries.

“I think he should go back to Bournemouth,” Merson wrote about Defoe in The Daily Star. “You’d have to think Josh King will be starting the season for them after the way he’s finishing this one.

“But they play with two strikers and Defoe could easily slot into that team and score goals. They create chances and he’s an expert at taking them.

“There would be less pressure on him because they wouldn’t rely on him quite so much as Sunderland do either.”

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