AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has described the signing of striker Jermain Defoe as ‘a huge moment for the football club’.
Defoe re-joined the Cherries 17 years after he first joined the club on loan.
His return comes via a free transfer after he was allowed to trigger a release clause in his contract following Sunderland’s relegation from the Premier League.
During the 16 years he has been away from the south coast he has scored over 250 goals for both club and country, proving himself as one of England’s most natural finishers in his generation.
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Sky Sports have reported that Defoe is set to earn £65,000-a-week over the course of his three year deal.
Howe told afcb.co.uk…
“This a huge moment for the football club and another step in the right direction.
“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.”
Given the importance of team spirit and adopting clear values, vital that Eddie can trust his players. Wrong to say he only signs ex players though eg king, fraser, ibe, afobe, boruc, arter etc. I think Eddie gets the best player he can. – Join the conversation here.
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