Jermain Defoe agrees to join Bournemouth from Sunderland

Jermain Defoe looks on during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Hull City at the Stadium of Light, 19 November 2016
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Jermain Defoe has agreed to join Bournemouth on a free transfer this summer, according to Sky sources.

The England striker's Sunderland contract includes a clause allowing him to leave for nothing in the wake of the club's relegation from the Premier League.

Sky Sports News HQ understands Defoe has agreed a three-year deal, worth £65,000-a-week, and will undergo a medical ahead of his return to Bournemouth, where he spent a successful six months on loan early in his career.

Defoe's 18 league goals for the Cherries included 12 scored in 10 consecutive games, a run which at the time was as good as any post-war streak in English football.

The 34-year-old scored 34 goals in 82 league starts after joining Sunderland from MLS side Toronto in January 2015.

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His departure comes a day after David Moyes' resignation as manager on the back of a season which saw Sunderland finish bottom having won just six games.

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