Jermain Defoe will return to Bournemouth were he has spend an yea on loan during season 2000–2001. He has completed his move on a free transfer. Despite being at 34, Defoe signed a 3-year deal with The Cherries.
“It’s great to be back. 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 per cent, and the one thing I can guarantee is goals”, said to for Bournemouth’s website, the English international, who has scored 15 league goals for Sunderland last season. He has previously played for West Ham between 1999 and 2004, for Tottenham between 2004 and 2008 and for Portsmouth in 2008 and 2009. Then he had another spell wit the Spurs between 2009 and 2014, before switching to the Major League Soccer’s FC Toronto for a short spell in 2014. Same year Defore returned to Tottenham, just to move to Sunderland, where he played between 2015 and 2017.
The Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe commented that the Jermain Defoe’s signing is a “huge moment for the club”. Defoe has had a clause in his contract with Sunderland which would allow him to leave on a free transfer, in case that the Black Cats get relegated, as it happened.
Defoe has become the Eddie Howe’s second summer signing after the one of goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from Chelsea.
“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 goalscorer”, explained Howe. His team has finished ninth in the Premier League last term – their second season in the top flight.
The AFC Bournemouth’s chief executive Neill Blake added that as soon as the club found out that Jermain Defoe was available, they worked hard to bring him back to the club. He added that top class strikers are hard to sign and he is delighted that “Jermain will be pulling on the AFC Bournemouth shirt once more”.