Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has ruled out a move for Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe.
Reports this week have continued to link Bournemouth with Defoe after the 32-year-old enjoyed a loan spell with the Cherries at the start of his career.
Nelwy-promoted Bournemouth are in the market to add an experienced striker to their squad before the end of the transfer window, with Crystal Palace’s Glenn Murray one of their top targets.
But Howe today confirmed that Defoe was not on the club’s radar, despite the speculation.
“I like Jermain and have done since he did so well for this football club, but there’s no truth in that link,” said Howe.
After selling Connor Wickham earlier this summer, Sunderland are in the market to add to their striking options, rather than further deplete them.
And while there are question marks over whether Defoe - one of the top earners at the Stadium of Light - fits into Dick Advocaat’s 4-3-3 set-up, he remains Sunderland’s biggest goal threat.
There is no substance whatsoever to one report today that Defoe has held talks with Dick Advocaat over his future at the club, or wants to leave the Stadium of Light.
Defoe remains happy at Sunderland, despite the club’s poor start to the season.
If Sunderland are going to raise funds for further additions, then Defoe’s team-mate Emanuele Giaccherini is more likely to head to the exit door.
Giaccherini’s agent admitted earlier this week that the Italian international could leave the Stadium of Light before the end of the transfer window after the 30-year-old wasn’t even included on the bench against Norwich last weekend.
Serie A outfits Sampdoria and Bologna have both expressed an interest in taking Giaccherini back to his homeland, yet the latter look like being priced out of a move.
Reports in Italy have indicated that Bologna have shied away from meeting Sunderland’s asking price, while they are also reluctant to pay a hefty loan fee for the midfielder, who arrived on Wearside from Juventus in a £6.5million move two years ago.