AFC Bournemouth have officially re-signed Jermain Defoe, 17 years after he first joined the club on loan.
Defoe joined on loan from West Ham United in October 2000.
He made his Football League debut in the old Division Two, scoring in a 2-1 defeat away to Stoke City.
Ten league games later he had already notched 12 times, also during that period he scored in the FA Cup against Gillingham.
? AFC Bournemouth 🍒 (@afcbournemouth) June 29, 2017
At the end of the season, with 18 goals in total, he returned to his parent club, where he spent the next four years, scoring 40 goals in just over 100 appearances.
He would go on to play for Tottenham Hotspur (twice), scoring 143 times across his two spells, he has also scored 17 times for Portsmouth, 11 times for MLS side Toronto and 37 times for Sunderland.
Defoe has also represented England 57 times, scoring 20 goals.
Defoe returns to Dean Court on a free transfer as he has left Sunderland following their relegation to the Championship, with Defoe holding a clause in his contract allowing him to leave on a free transfer following their relegation from the Premier League.
There had been links with a potential move to West Ham United, but more frequent speculation linked him with a return to Dean Court.
That return has now been confirmed with Sky Sports reporting that Defoe is set to earn £65,000-a-week over the course of his three year deal.
Defoe told afcb.co.uk…
“It`s great to be back and I`m really looking forward to this challenge, 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.”
To the Sunderland fans. You have been amazing… 🔴⚪ pic.twitter.com/9bhwfj0nEm
? Jermain Defoe (@IAmJermainDefoe) June 29, 2017
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