Defoe on the verge of joining Bournemouth

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Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe looks set to join Bournemouth after exercising relegation-release clause in his contract.

England international Defoe joined Sunderland on the eve of 2015-16 season. He extended his contract at the Stadium of Light last summer. Sunderland have been relegated this season with Defoe being their only standout performer scoring a whopping 15 goals.

Defoe reportedly has a relegation-release clause in his contract which would allow him to join any club for free as the Black Cats got relegated.

Now, according to the Guardian and BBC, Jermain Defoe will exercise the relegation-release clause. He has already held fruitful talks with Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe and set to put pen to paper on a 3-year deal. The Cherries are gonna pay the 34-year-old striker £20m over the course of these 3 years.

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Photo: Jermain Defoe via Twitter

Defoe previously plied his trade once at Bournemouth. He played for the Cherries in 2000-01 season on loan from West Ham. He scored 19 goals in 31 appearances for the Cherries in that campaign while finding the net in 10 consecutive matches.

Defoe’s former club West Ham as well as Watford and Crystal Palace are also said to be interested in the England international but Bournemouth seem to have won the race finally.

Defoe’s excellent form earned him a national team recall in March. He justified his inclusion by scoring a goal against Lithuania in World Cup Qualifiers. In total, Defoe has 56 caps for England scoring 20 goals.