AFC Bournemouth have been reportedly linked with a £6m move for former England international Jermain Defoe.
The newly-promoted Premier League side, who lie four points above the bottom three after drawing 0-0 with title contenders Leicester City on Saturday, are interested in re-signing the Sunderland striker, who enjoyed a fruitful loan spell at the club back in 2001.
The 33-year-old, who has won 55 international caps for the Three Lions, has scored six goals in 16 league appearances for the struggling Black Cats so far this season.
However Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is willing to sell Defoe during the January window in a bid to instigate his own transfer business this month as the club currently sit 19th in the table.
After reportedly missing out on his signature back in the summer; Cherries boss Eddie Howe wants to bring back the cult hero to Bournemouth, where Defoe scored in ten consecutive games whilst on loan from West Ham United between 2000 and 2001, overall netting 18 goals in 29 games for the south coast outfit.