Bournemouth have completed the signing of England international Jermain Defoe on a three-year-contract.
The 34-year-old arrives at Vitality Stadium from on a free transfer, and has signed a three-year deal.
Jermain Defoe spent time with the Cherries as a teenager, setting a club record of scoring in ten consecutive league games while on loan from West Ham United. Here’s what he’s has had to say…
“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.”
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has described Jermain Defoe’s signing as a big moment for the club…
“This a huge moment for the football club and another step in the right direction,” Howe said. “We want to bring players here who can have a big impact on our continued rise and we believe Jermain fits that as a natural, proven goal scorer.
“We have known him for a long time, since working with him as a young pro and playing with him. I have followed his career and am delighted to say he is going to be playing for AFC Bournemouth again.
Bournemouth are poised to make a further signing in Nathan Aké, who is on theverge of joining in a club-record £20m transfer from Chelsea.
The south coast club are not interested in bringing in John Terry, who will be a free agent on Saturday, when the summer transfer window opens.