Jun 29, 2017

How Twitter reacted to confirmation of Jermain Defoe’s move from Sunderland to Bournemouth

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After being in the pipe-line for just under a month now it was officially announced on Thursday afternoon that striker Jermain Defoe has re-joined former side Bournemouth on a free transfer.

BBC Sport reported that the 34-year-old – who had a clause in his Sunderland contract that would allow him to leave on a free should they get relegated – will join up with Eddie Howe for pre-season.

Speaking over the move, the veteran forward said:

“It’s great to be back. It was an easy decision, joining a top team with a top manager.

“It’s a special place and a team that’s done so well from where they’ve come from. A unique story.”

Defoe signed for Sunderland back in 2015 and was an integral part in their survival that season, scoring 15 goals, and he was once again the stand-out player despite the Black Cats finishing bottom of the table in the season just gone, scoring 15 times and earning himself an England call-up after four years away.

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The England striker – who scored on his international return against Lithuania in March – will now team up with the side where he spent a season-long loan in 2000, finding the net 18 times for them.

It is thought by the Daily Mail that the three-year deal at the Vitality Stadium could cost Bournemouth a fee of around £20million, with a £65,000-per-week wage and a handsome sign-on fee.

Defoe himself took to social media to express his delight at the switch…

And it’s fair to say Bournemouth fans were equally pleased with the news…

With Sunderland fans a lot less so…

Some Sunderland fans wondering if the day could get any worse after a proposed takeover fell through…

But it was fairly unanimous that there’s no bad blood after his time at the Stadium of Light…

What do you think Bournemouth fans? Is Defoe a solid signing for next season? Let us know.

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Bournemouth · Sunderland · Transfers