Defoe completes Bournemouth move

Jermain Defoe

Veteran striker Jermain Defoe has put pen to paper on a three-year deal at Bournemouth, after parting ways with relegated side Sunderland.

The 34-year-old will make a return to the Cherries where he spent time on loan as a teenager. During his loan spell at the club in the 2000/01 season, he broke a club record by scoring in 10 consecutive games.

"It's great to be back and I'm really looking forward to this challenge," said Defoe. "When the opportunity came about to return to AFC Bournemouth I just knew it was the right one.

"It was an easy decision, joining a top team with a top manager. It's a great place to be. The Bournemouth fans know that every time I pull the shirt on I will give 100 per cent, and the one thing I can guarantee is goals."

Defoe, who signs for the Cherries on a free transfer, enjoyed a successful season at the Black Cats, scoring 15 goals in 37 Premier League appearances, while adding two assists.

Bidding the club farewell in an emotional statement, he said: “I’d like to thank all the Sunderland fans for their support and everyone else involved with the football club. I had an amazing time with so many great memories. I’m going to miss so many people at the club from the canteen staff and the chef to the laundry girls and the cleaners who always made the boys smile no matter what.

“I feel blessed to have played for such a great football club with some of the best fans I’ve ever come across. The highlight of my time has to be walking out with Bradley against Everton and that volley against Newcastle – a goal people still come up and talk to me about!!

“I want to wish everyone at Sunderland the best for the future. There’s some talented players there and some great youngsters pushing through, so I can’t wait to see you back in the Premier League.

“I’m looking forward to my new challenge and can’t wait to get started at AFC Bournemouth.”