Everton were in the running to sign Jermain Defoe from Sunderland this summer before Bournemouth eventually won the race.

Jermain Defoe of AFC Bournemouth celebrates as he scores their second goal during the Premier League match against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Jermain Defoe got off the mark for the season on Friday (September 15) night as he scored the winner for Bournemouth in a 2-1 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion.

It was Defoe’s first strike for the Cherries since 2001, when he spent time on loan in Dorset from then club West Ham United, and now means the striker has scored in 17 different Premier League campaigns.

Jermain Defoe of AFC Bournemouth scores their second goal during the Premier League match against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Although the England international will turn 35-years-old next month, he still looks fit and sharp in and around the box and Everton may be looking on with regret at why they didn’t do more to try and sign the forward from Sunderland this summer.

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The Toffees were linked with Defoe by the Sun back in May when it became apparent he could leave the Black Cats on a free transfer following their relegation to the Championship.

Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring his side’s third goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton.

At that point there was already plenty of speculation that Romelu Lukaku would be leaving Goodison Park, with the Belgian later joining Manchester United for £75m (BBC), so manager Ronald Koeman would have been looking for potential replacements.

Yet despite a bumper summer of business for the Merseyside club in which the Telegraph reported they spent £144.9m on new signings, only Wayne Rooney and Sandro Ramirez were brought in as possible Lukaku alternatives upfront.

After losing 4-0 to the Red Devils on Sunday (September 17) it is becoming painfully clear just how lacking Koeman’s team now are in attack, with Rooney’s two goals the only ones they have scored in the English top flight this term – the second lowest total behind bottom side Crystal Palace.

They are lacking a striker prepared to run in behind and play on the shoulder of defenders, something Defoe has been doing successfully throughout his long career and which has yielded 160 Premier League goals to date.

His age means the Englishman would hardly have been a long-term solution for Everton, but to plug the gap left by Lukaku surely he would have been worth bringing in for a season at least?

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