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Sunderland ace Jermain Defoe joins Bournemouth

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The England international signs a 3-year contract with Bournemouth after being released by Sunderland.

Defoe’s signing marks his return to the club where he first made headlines during a loan spell from West Ham in 2000-01.

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Defoe who is 34 years old is going strong as he scored 15 goals from 37 Premier League appearances last season but could not save Sunderland from relegation.

Defoe said:

“It’s great to be back and I’m really looking forward to this challenge,”When the opportunity came about to return to AFC Bournemouth I just knew it was the right one.
“It was an easy decision, joining a top team with a top manager. It’s a great place to be.
“The Bournemouth fans know that every time I pull the shirt on I will give 100 percent, and the one thing I can guarantee is goals.”

Bournemouth manager, Eddie Howe said :

“This a huge moment for the football club and another step in the right direction,” .”We want to bring players here who can have a big impact on our continued rise and we believe Jermain fits that as a natural, proven goal scorer.
He also added, “We have known him for a long time, since working with him as a young pro and playing with him. I have followed his career and am delighted to say he is going to be playing for AFC Bournemouth again.”

 

Reports suggest that the former West Ham, Tottenham and Portsmouth man will earn around £65,000 a week at the south coast.

Defoe leaves Sunderland having scored 37 goals in two-and-a-half seasons for the Black Cats – form which has seen him earn a recall to the England national side.

Defoe becomes the 2nd signing of the summer for the Cherries as they have already signed Asmir Begovic from Chelsea and Nathan Ake is also closing in on a £20 million move to the Vitality Stadium