Cape Town - Bournemouth
boss Eddie Howe is set to land a proven goalscorer as Jermain Defoe
nears a return to the south coast from relegated Sunderland.
The 34-year-old striker's 18 goals were not enough to save the Black
Cats from the drop this past season, with David Moyes subsequently
resigning as manager on Monday.
Defoe was expected to leave the Stadium of Light due to a clause in
his contract allowing the England international to move on for free in
the event of the Wearsiders' relegation from the top flight.
The veteran marksman enjoyed a productive loan spell with the
Cherries at the start of his career, scoring 18 goals in 29 appearances
before going on to star for parent club West Ham.
Defoe's exploits for the north-east outfit earned him a recall to the
national team after an absence of almost three years, and he scored on
his return in a 2-0 win against Lithuania two months ago.
Guardian Sport revealed that Defoe is set to sign a three-year deal that will pay him £20million - including a signing on fee - as he returns to the club that he started his career at as an 18-year old.
Howe's side finished ninth in the table to secure top-flight football
for a third successive season, after winning the Championship in 2015.