Name: Jermain Defoe
With star striker and last season’s top goalscorer Callum Wilson ruled out until at least mid-April, Bournemouth are looking to recruit a fellow forward during the January transfer window to ensure they prolong their stay in the Premier League past the end of the season.
The top transfer target Eddie Howe’s side have been linked with is former England international Jermain Defoe.
The Cherries; 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; Bournemouth manager 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.