Jermain Defoe has confirmed his move to Bournemouth is all but finished, telling BBC Radio the transfer from Sunderland will be completed in July.
The 34-year-old is set to leave Sunderland after the Black Cats were relegated from the Premier League. Defoe had a spell at Bournemouth earlier in his career, and is reported to have agreed a three-year deal at the Vitality Stadium, worth £60,000 per week.
Defoe is said to have been able to leave Sunderland on a free transfer because of a clause in his contract regarding relegation.
And ahead of taking part in England’s World Cup qualifier against Scotland on Saturday, Defoe said he was waiting to announce his move until more time has passed since the end of Sunderland’s disappointing campaign.
“It’s out there, a lot of people obviously knew, I did a medical and said when this is finished and I’ve had a break, come July everyone will know anyway,” Defoe said on BBC Radio 5Live.
“Two and a bit years at Sunderland, I enjoyed my time there, it’s not nice when you get relegated, I don’t think it’s fair on the Sunderland fans to come out so soon after they’ve been relegated and say ‘yeah, I’m signing for someone else.’
“It’s too soon to put it out there. At the right time, I would like to say ‘this is the club I’ll be playing for.'”
However, considering the age of the England International, many believe the move may not worth it for The Cherries.
Paul Mariner however thinks otherwise. The former Arsenal and Plymouth star believes if the Eddie Howe side do not want to find themselves in a relegation fight in the coming season, the capture of a finisher like Defoe would be inevitable.
Mariner believes Defoe will remain a good finisher of the ball if well fed by the Bournemouth midfield.