Sunderland have been one of the standout performers in League One this season, which has put them in a very commanding position as the January transfer window approaches.
The Black Cats will be looking to strengthen next month to try and boost their chances of securing promotion straight back to the Championship. And, the Wearside club received a big boost on the transfer front recently, as according to The Mirror (Transfer Live blog, 22:27, Friday, December 7, 2018) (via HITC), Jermain Defoe has said that he is open to leaving Bournemouth in the January transfer window.
Sunderland owner Stewart Donald recently revealed on BBC Radio Newcastle that he tried to sign Defoe from Bournemouth in the summer transfer window, and suggested that the League One club could make another approach in the January transfer window.
And, the 36-year-old has suggested that he could leave Bournemouth in the January transfer window in order to get playing time, which comes as a big boost for the Black Cats.
Although, Championship side Sheffield United have been linked with a loan move for the striker in January.
Jermain Defoe, who is valued at £2.25 million (by Transfermarkt), is coming towards the end of his career, so enjoying regular minutes is vital at his age.
The Black Cats already have Josh Maja excelling at the Stadium of Light, so adding Defoe to their ranks could take them to the next level.
Indeed, the forward may not be as fast as he used to be during his prime, but he could still easily be enjoying regular minutes at another club in the Premier League, so it would be huge if the Black Cats can secure him.