Jermain Defoe’s impressive form this season has been a recurring talking point in the Transfer Tavern over the last few months.
Punters supporting all kinds of clubs have been quick to praise the 34-year-old this season, not to mention England fans who watched him score against Lithuania during the last international break.
It’s hard to imagine Sunderland picking up virtually any points this season without Defoe at the tip of their attack. He’s scored 14 of their 24 Premier League goals this term and has somehow kept them within a chance of avoiding relegation.
Rumour has it a release clause will allow Defoe to leave for free this summer if the Black Cats plummet out of the top flight, and Bournemouth and West Ham have been mooted as the likeliest clubs to snap him up without spending a penny.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has been speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of the Cherries’ south coast derby clash with Southampton on Saturday and although he refused to confirm the club’s interest, his resounding endorsement of Defoe hints he may contest West Ham for the striker’s signature this summer.
As quoted by The Sunderland Echo, he said; “I do not think you can ever rule out being attracted to a goal scoring striker. I know it sounds funny, because that is their job, but they are so difficult to find.
“It is difficult to say (how many suitors Defoe will have if he becomes available) because it is all hypothetical, but I imagine there will be a lot of people interested in him.
“He is a player we respect but he is a Sunderland player at this present moment. I have said many times before how good I think he is and it is great to see him back in an England shirt and scoring goals.”
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