Jermain Defoe has reiterated his view that he didn’t join Sunderland to sit on the bench.
The striker was dropped and played just 19 minutes from the bench against West Brom in Sam Allardyce’s first game in charge.
Bournemouth have been linked with a January move for the player.
Defoe told the Journal: “Obviously, I can understand the manager coming in and saying he’s not too sure if he wants to play 4-4-2. He might want to be more solid in midfield so you don’t concede goals, so we’ll just see what happens.
“But at the age of 33, you want to play football. I didn’t come here to sit on the bench. You want to play football and score goals. I said that from day one.”