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Jermain Defoe is the missing link in Sheffield United's promotion quest

Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe is a January target for Sheffield United, according to The Sun.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has identified Defoe as an ideal addition on a six-month loan deal.

Two losses in the last three matches has stunted Sheffield United’s charge at the top of the Championship table.

And they now sit 4th – seven points shy of the automatic promotion spots.

Promotion is still very much the goal for Wilder’s men, who will want to avoid a second half of the season slide like they had in 2017/18.

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Defoe could be the man to maintain the promotion push and fire Sheffield United back to the top flight.

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The 36-year-old, who stands at a diminutive 5ft 7in tall, is renowned for his finishing ability and he is a proven goal scorer in the Premier League.

But this season, he has only managed seven outings for Bournemouth and he is yet to score a goal.

Dropping down a division could be the perfect way to wind down Defoe’s career as he enters the final stages of his playing days.

And he is the sort of striker who will put chances away if they fall to him.

With well over 250 senior goals to his name, as well as 20 goals for England, the veteran striker is potentially the missing link for Sheffield United’s promotion hopes.

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