Jermain Defoe says he hasn’t decided on his future – but calls Bournemouth a ‘fantastic club’

Sunderland V Swansea City Premiere League, 13th May 207. Picture by FRANK REID
Sunderland V Swansea City Premiere League, 13th May 207. Picture by FRANK REID
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Jermain Defoe insists he is yet to make a decision on his future, with his immediate focus on international football with England.

The 34-year-old striker scored 15 Premier League goals for relegated Sunderland this season, but he will leave Wearside on a free transfer due to a clause in his contract.

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe

It is understood Bournemouth - a club he has hailed as “fantastic” - are set to land his signature on a three-year deal.

But for now the Sunderland striker insists any decisions on his future will wait until after the next round of international games.

Defoe has been called up by Gareth Southgate and he is hoping to be involved when England face Scotland in a World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park on June 10 before facing France in a friendly on June 13.

“There has been a lot of speculation about me going to this club and that club, a lot of stuff about Bournemouth,” said Defoe.

“I have just kept my head down and I am focused on England and the two games coming up, whether I play or not, just to be around the team and to try and enjoy it. There is no better feeling than to put that England shirt on.

“I want to get my head down, get England out of the way and then sit down with my family and decide what I really want to do. We’ll see what happens.”

The Cherries moved quickly once the season finished and it is understood there is a bumper deal on the table should Defoe sign for Eddie Howe’s side. Defoe, speaking to Sky Sports, was asked whether Bournemouth was the type of club that would suit him.

Defoe added: “It is a fantastic club. Even if I was stood here a retired footballer, I would turn round and say for any player, young player, someone that wants to improve and play under a top manager, coaches, a family club, then I would say yeah it is a good club to go to.

“What Eddie Howe has achieved is unbelievable. They have a good team, a lot of energy and my time there when I was younger I really enjoyed it, it was brilliant.

“But at the moment I want to focus on England.

“The season is finished now, switch off from league football and focus on international football. After that I’m sure everyone will know what is happening.”

Sunderland are braced for a major summer overhaul, with Jordan Pickford, Lamine Kone and Fabio Borini among those likely to leave the Stadium of Light.