Report: Defoe ‘days away’ from free transfer to Bournemouth

Jermain Defoe: Strong interest in January

Jermain Defoe: Strong interest in January

Jermain Defoe is reportedly on the brink of securing a free transfer move to Bournemouth after West Ham pulled out of the race for his signature.

The Sunderland striker is very much a man in demand this summer with a clause in his contract allowing him to leave the Black Cats on a free transfer following relegation.

Defoe, who was left out of Sunderland’s squad for their final match of the season at Chelsea on Sunday, has wasted no time in discussing his next move, with reports saying he held talks with the South Coast club immediately after the game.

And the Daily Telegraph report a deal is on the verge of being announced, with the 34-year-old expected to become the Cherries’ record earner on a deal matching the £70,000 a week he was earning at Sunderland.

It’s claimed West Ham, who saw a £6million for the striker during the winter transfer window, have not followed up that interest, leaving Eddie Howe’s side as the sole contenders to sign him.

Defoe, who was recently recalled to the England squad, scored 15 goals for Sunderland this season as the Black cats finished bottom and were relegated to the Championship.