England striker Jermain Defoe has confirmed that he has undergone a medical with Bournemouth, ahead of a return to the south coast having failed to help Sunderland stay in the Premier League.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, the 34-year-old said: “It’s out there, a lot of people obviously knew, I did a medical [at Bournemouth] and said when this is finished and I’ve had a break, come July everyone will know anyway.”
Defoe also pointed out that he was keen not to upset Sunderland fans so soon after relegation, but couldn’t help the fact that the news broke.
He added: “Two and a bit years at Sunderland, I enjoyed my time there, it’s not nice when you get relegated, I don’t think it’s fair on the Sunderland fans to come out so soon after they’ve been relegated and say ‘yeah, I’m signing for someone else’.
“It’s too soon to put it out there. At the right time, I would like to say ‘this is the club I’ll be playing for’.”
Sky previously reported that Defoe had agreed a £60,000-a-week contract with Eddie Howe’s side, but was not expected to make any announcement until after he returned from international duty with England.
The veteran striker actually spent the 2000/01 season on loan at the Cherries, where he scored 18 times in 29 games in the old second division (now League One) before returning to West Ham.
Defoe told Sky that he still has fond memories of the club and called it: “a special place, with a top manager, and a team that’s done so well from where they’ve come from. A unique story.”