Premier League side Bournemouth are ready to table a massive contract offer to tempt Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe to the Vitality Stadium, according to The Sun.
The 34-year-old has been a rare shining light on a miserable season at the Stadium of Light, netting 15 goals in 37 Premier League games to keep the Black Cats in with a chance of staying in the top-flight prior to relegation on April 29, when they lost 1-0 at home to Eddie Howe’s Cherries.
And with the England international out of contract in the summer, a move away from the North East is inevitable, and it’s Howe’s Bournemouth who are readying a remarkable contract offer for the striker as speculation mounts about where Defoe will end up at the start of next season.
The Cherries are reportedly ready to offer him a £115,000-a-week three-year contract to move to the Vitality Stadium, but with Ronald Koeman’s Everton and Slaven Bilic’s West Ham also thought to be interested in the 34-year-old, it is still far from certain where the striking star will be playing his trade next term.
With his England career resurrected after a call-up back in March, and another fine season in front of goal in the Premier League, Defoe will certainly want and perhaps need to be playing in the top-flight next term to keep his international career alive.
And Bournemouth, a team renowned for playing attacking football and creating several goal-scoring chances, could be the ideal place for Defoe to continue his wonderful Premier League career over the coming years.