Jermain Defoe has joined Bournemouth after the striker left relegated Sunderland. As indicated by SunSports, the England striker signed a three-year deal at Dean Court, on a deal worth £65,000-a-week.
The 34-year-old scored 15 goals as Sunderland were relegated last season. The South Coast club are relied upon to report the arrival of the striker later this evening.
Defoe, who had been linked with a move to West Brom and West Ham, had seen talks slow down with Bournemouth this week.
Defoe completed his medical at Bournemouth earlier in the summer, but there was divergence over his signing-on fee. Defoe is said to have wanted a £8million sign on bonus on top of his wages – which had already been accounted for at £130,000 per week.
Defoe moved to Sunderland in January 2015 after a concise spell at MLS side Toronto and in the wake of saving the club from relegation in the 2015-16 season with 15 goals, he signed a contract extension until 2019.
The striker will return back to Bournemouth 17 years after a loan spell push a high school Defoe into the spotlight. Harry Redknapp took Defoe on loan from West Ham in 2000-01 and youngster scored 18 goals in 29 games in the old Second Division.
In the wake of coming back to West Ham, he scored 10 Premier League goals in his first season back – the begin of his long history of finding the net in the top flight.
Defoe is right now seventh on the unsurpassed list of Premier League best scorers, with 158 goals, Defoe is Bournemouth’s second signing this summer, following the arrival of goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from Chelsea.