'Bring him home!' Sunderland supporters would love to see the return of this fan favourite

Black Catsfans have since reacted with optimism and a heavy dose of realism.
Black Catsfans have since reacted with optimism and a heavy dose of realism.
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Sunderland fan favourite Jermain Defoe has been in the headlines recently after Stewart Donald revealed he made a 'cheeky' attempt to sign him last summer.

And the Black Cats fans have since reacted with optimism and a heavy dose of realism.

The Sunderland fanbase would no doubt love to see the striker return to Wearside though with his high wages, there is little prospect of that happening.

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Defoe left the club last year to remain in the Premier League with Bournemouth following the Black Cats' relegation to the Championship.

However, talk of a possible fairy tale return stemmed from Donald's admission on BBC Newcastle - revealing he made an "cheeky" approach for the 36-year-old in the summer.

"I asked in the summer if we could and the answer came we couldn’t," said Donald.

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"We might ask again but it was a pretty strong no. It was a cheeky request though!

"I was wondering if they might contribute to his wages."

But just as supporters began to imagine a possibly Defoe reunion, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe hit back.

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Speaking to the Daily Echo: "Jermain has got a big future here.

"He’s a very important player for a host of different reasons."

Admittedly, the Cherries would have be feeling incredibly generous given a move would force them to pay the majority amount of Defoe's wages.

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Optimism but realism was in abundance amongst the Sunderland faithful and here are some of those verdicts:

Anthony Gray: "I'd give him a piggy back up from Bournemouth!"

Jonathan Shepherd: "Defoe and Maja running off Wyke = goals galore"

Michael Staines: "Please please let this happen"

Justin Mizzi: "Bring him home ️"

Gayle Tyler: "Would love him to come back"

Kaveh Fazlali: "It'd be some signing if we got him back"

Billy Robinson: "That will never happen, we can dream"

David Harris: "He'll come back next season in the Championship..."