Sunderland AFC transfer news: Bournemouth linked with move for Cats ace, fresh interest in Jeremain Lens

Jermain Defoe and Jeremain Lens are at the centre of fresh transfer talk
Jermain Defoe and Jeremain Lens are at the centre of fresh transfer talk
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Jermain Defoe's return to the international fold has sparked fresh reports over his future.

The 34-year-old has been linked with West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur in recent weeks, with Premier League rivals AFC Bournemouth the latest to be linked with a summer move for the striker.

Defoe is Sunderland's 14-goal top scorer this season and his form resulted in a call-up to the England squad for the recent games against Germany and Lithuania.

Gareth Southgate handed Defoe a start at Wembley on Sunday afternoon, with the striker scoring the first goal in a 2-0 win over Lithuania - his first appearance in three-and-a-half-years.

The Sun are now reporting that Bournemouth are the latest club to join the race to sign him this summer, with Sunderland battling against the drop.

Bournemouth fans hold Defoe in high regard after the then-18-year-old scored 18 goals in 29 appearances for the Cherries during a loan spell in the 2000-01 season.

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Meanwhile, another transfer story that shows no signs of going away is Fenerbahce's ongoing pursuit of Sunderland winger Jeremain Lens.

Lens joined the Turkish side on a season-long loan deal last summer and the 29-year-old has proved a big hit.

The Holland international has provided 13 assists and scored four goals this season, with Fenerbahce keen to make his stay a permanent one.

Lens is said to be on the wanted list of several top Turkish sides, with fresh reports in daily Turkish sports paper Fanatik claiming Fenerbahce are looking to complete their summer business early.

Reports suggest they are preparing to table an offer for Lens, with one a permanent deal said to be lower than his asking price or another loan bid.

Lens does not appear to have a future on Wearside after an unsuccessful stint in the North East after Dick Advocaat signed him in the summer of 2015.

The winger linked up with Advocaat for a fourth time at Fenerbahce, having previously played under him at AZ Alkmaar and PSV Eindhoven.

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