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..."