Sunderland AFC transfer news: Jermain Defoe agrees to Bournemouth move

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe
Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe
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Jermain Defoe has agreed to join Bournemouth pending a successful medical according to fresh reports.

The Cherries have beaten off competition from other Premier League sides to land the 34-year-old's signature and the deal could be concluded as early as this week.

Bournemouth made their move quickly after it became clear West Ham United had ended their interest in their former striker.

A bumper three-year deal with the south coast side worth £130,000 a week is reported to be on the table.

Defoe has a clause in his Sunderland contract that allows him to leave on a free this summer following the club’s relegation to the Championship and Bournemouth were willing to match his wage demands, with Defoe also in line for a hefty signing on fee.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe is a huge fan of the England international, who made his breakthrough on loan at Dean Court early in his career.

Defoe has been one of the few highlights of a desperate season, his form winning him an England recall, with the striker scoring at Wembley in the 2-0 win over Lithuania in March.

Speaking in March, Howe would not be drawn on a potential move but talked up the experienced striker.

Howe said: "It is difficult to say (how many suitors Defoe will have if he becomes available) because it is all hypothetical, but I imagine there will be a lot of people interested in him.

"He is a player we respect but he is a Sunderland player at this present moment."

West Ham United and Crystal Palace had also been heavily linked with a summer swoop for Defoe but interest from the Hammers in Defoe cooled.

Slaven Bilic attempted to land Defoe in January with a £6million bid - rejected by Sunderland as they were still battling the drop at that point - but West Ham have now moved on to other targets.

Defoe missed the season finale at Stamford Bridge with a hamstring strain.