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Jermain Defoe | Forward | #18

Team: Bournemouth
Age / DOB:  (35) / 10/7/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 143

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Bournemouth will have a more familiar frontline available when they face Chelsea in GW10.
England international Jermain Defoe was unable to start the last two games due to a hamstring complaint and he was only able to come on as a second-half sub in the game before that away to Spurs. However, Eddie Howe said he expects the striker to be fit for Chelsea. The same can't be said of Josh King or Ryan Fraser. The former missed last weekend's win over Stoke through illness whilst Fraser picked up a knock in the Carabao Cup win over Boro, where his corners caused a lot of trouble for the opposition. Both men are doubts for GW10. Tyrone Mings and Brad Smith remain absent too for the Cherries. Oct 27 - 1:51 PM

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Following two late withdrawals, Eddie Howe was forced to turn to Callum Wilson for trip to the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday.

The Bournemouth striker has been building fitness with the under-21s after more than 8 months out due to a serious knee ligament injury. However, a return to Premier League action was thought to be a little way off despite his midweek hat-trick. But, after losing Jermain Defoe during the build up to the game week nine – due a slight hamstring problem – and Josh King - who was omitted from the squad on Saturday morning because of illness - Howe was left with little option but to recall the 25-year-old. Wilson was said to be targeting a place in the England squad before rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament back in 2015 and following an injury plagued couple of years, he'll be hoping to throw his hat back into the ring for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.
Oct 21 - 10:51 AM

Bournemouth dominated possession but couldn't translate it into goals as they were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Leicester City.

The game's main talking point arose just two minutes in. Josh King carved open the Leicester defence with a pass to set up Defoe, whose shot looped of the bar. Marc Pugh piled in with a follow-up effort which appeared to deflect off the hand of Danny Simpson. Simpson was fortunate to get away with the incident as his hand was in the air. Bournemouth continued to create chances but couldn't convert and were largely successful in restricting the visitors. However the Foxes did have the best opportunity of the game but Okazaki missed the target with an uncontested side-footed shot from 10 yards in the second half.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 30 - 12:24 PM

Jermain Defoe rifled home in the 74th minute to complete an impressive comeback as Bournemouth defeat Brighton 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium.

The Cherries earned a precious victory to end a run of four straight defeats. Eddie Howe's side fell behind early in the second-half when Solly March headed home past Asmir Begovic. However, the flow of the match changed when the manager brought on Jordon Ibe. Ibe set up the equalizer with a nifty backheel for Andy Surman, who cut inside and placed his finish cooly in the side netting. The goal shifted the tide of the match and set Bournemouth on their way to all three points, as Defoe fired a low strike into the far right bottom corner in the 73rd minute after he was slipped in by Ibe.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 15 - 5:25 PM

Eddie Howe expects Jermain Defoe to be "fine" for the trip to West Brom this weekend.

The England international, who joined the south coast club in June, was rested as a precaution on Sunday after complaining of muscular discomfort following the 1-0 defeat to Valencia: "Jermain just felt some tightness in his groin. He hasn’t trained since but we are confident he will be fit for West Brom." Howe went onto to add that Nathan Ake was okay despite missing the 2-2 with Napoli although Steve Cook needs to be assessed after he was forced off in the opening exchanges of the second half on Sunday. Adam Smith and Brad Smith have recovered from respective thigh and hamstring problems but Callum Wilson [knee] and Emerson Hyndman [foot] remain long-term absentees. Junior Stanislas has been referred to see another specialist after surgery to remedy a niggling groin injury failed to address the issue.
Aug 8 - 5:12 AM

Bournemouth were beaten 1-0 at the Vitality Stadium by Valencia on Sunday in their second friendly of the weekend.

Bournemouth attempted to play their usual fluid game but struggled against the Spanish opposition, who created a few early chances. Jermain Defoe, back at Dean Court for the first time since signing for the club, connected with a Connor Mahoney cross with a sharp half-volley which whistled over. Later, Steve Cook should have done better when he shot wide from a free-kick by Ryan Fraser. Fraser almost got onto a ball from Mark Pugh from the left as he moved towards the box after the break but it escaped him. Aaron Ramsdale emerged from the bench and replaced Begovic just in time to see Orellana's 25 yard stunner fly beyond him. Arter shot from range late on but missed the target while Fraser, moved forward to the right wing, sent in a good cross which was intercepted late on.
Jul 31 - 8:32 PM

Eddie Howe has declared that the arrival of England international Jermain Defoe means that all Bournemouth's strikers will have to "raise their levels".

Defoe will be in competition with first team players Josh King and Benik Afobe in the forward line next term, as well as the recovering Callum Wilson. Speaking to the Bournemouth Daily Echo, Howe outlined that Defoe can be a role model to his teammates too, with Howe believing that the experienced marksman will be a vital addition to the learning environment which has been fostered at the club. Most interestingly though, Howe was keen to point out that Defoe will provide further competition for places up front, with Howe often deploying a partnership upfront. Howe added that he hopes the extra pressure will spur his goalscorers on to even better individual performances.
Jul 5 - 3:52 PM

Bournemouth has finally completed a long-anticipated move for Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe.

The transfer has been in the works for the last month now since Defoe had a clause in his contract with Sunderland allowing him to make a free transfer away from the club following relegation. The 34-year-old joins on a three-year contract after scoring 15 goals last season for the Black Cats, more than a decade after playing for the Cherries while on loan. Said manager Eddie Howe: "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."
Jun 29 - 10:45 PM

Sources close to AFC Bournemouth have dismissed claims in national UK papers that a deal to bring the experienced striker to the club may not be complete.

The striker himself claimed that he had already undergone a medical at the club during the last international break, but he said he was content to delay the official announcement of his move while he was focusing on his England duties and to respect his club Sunderland, whom he has represented for the past two and a half seasons. Reports in the Daily Star that the Cherries were having second thoughts over the financial ramifications of completing the signing have been dismissed by the Bournemouth Echo, who cite their own sources. Instead, the deal should go ahead soon, with Defoe transferring to the south coast for free thanks to a relegation release clause in his Black Cats deal.
Jun 28 - 6:22 PM

England striker Jermain Defoe has confirmed that his move to Bournemouth is going ahead.

In late May, it seemed as if the Sunderland striker was on the cusp of completing his move to the south coast club but news of the transfer had ebbed away in recent weeks. Defoe was questioned about the move while at the English national team's camp for international duty. He explained the lack of public progress in the move, explaining that he had undergone a medical already and that all would be finalised in July when the transfer window opened. The 34 year old is rumoured to be in line to get a three year contract in which he will earn £20 million over the period. Defoe lined out for the Cherries in a loan spell early in his career at the dawn of the millennium, in which he scored in ten consecutive matches.
Source: BBC Sport
Jun 6 - 5:28 PM

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe is on the verge of joining Premier League side Bournemouth.

Defoe, 34, is believed to have opened talks with Eddie Howe's side immediately after Sunderland's final game of the season at Stamford Bridge in order to secure a move. The England international has a clause in his Sunderland contract which allows him leave on a free transfer if the club were relegated from the top flight. After scoring 15 PL goals this campaign, Defoe is said to be aiming to match or better his current wage, with The Guardian's David Hytner reporting that the veteran forward has been offered £20 million including a signing on fee for a three year contract.
May 23 - 9:36 AM

Sunderland welcomed the end of a couple of droughts in a 2-0 win against Hull City on Saturday afternoon.

Defoe looks almost certain to leave the club wth Bournemouth and West Ham interested after the Black Cats were guaranteed relegation last week, but the pressure seems to have subsided with manager David Moyes staying on. Entering Saturday it had been 10 league matches since Defoe's last goal, which also (no coincidence) happens to be the last time Sunderland won. But Defoe found the back of the net in the 92nd minute, albeit from an offside position, after pouncing on a set-piece pass. Billy Jones returned from injury to score the first, a diving header in the 69th minute that jumpstarted the club's away support.
Source: NBC Sports
May 6 - 12:23 PM

Sunderland sit on the brink of relegation after Wednesday's 1-0 lose to Middlesbrough in the Tees-Wear derby.

Marten de Roon's early goal was too much for Sunderland to overcome at the Riverside Stadium despite the visitors controlling the attacking chances throughout the match. Didier N'Dong was denied by Brad Guzan 10 minutes from the break, with Billy Jones heading the rebound over the bar, while Wahbi Khazri's early second-half free-kick drew another stop from the Boro keeper. Their best chance of the match came late on when Jermian Defoe looked to be in one-one-one, but the striker was flagged offside. The result leaves the Black Cats 12 points adrift from safety with five matches remaining, meaning they must win out to have a chance at pulling off another remarkable relegation escape.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 26 - 6:51 PM

Sunderland's relegation race just took on entirely new implications with the future of Jerman Defoe at stake.

The 34-year-old has been the club's clear standout player over the past two seasons and leads the Black Cats in scoring this season with 14 goals, which led to a recall into the England national team for the current international break. Despite his form, Sunderland currently sit bottom of the Premier League and, if relegated, Defoe said he will likely leave to save his international career: "You have to be realistic, to get into any squad is based on merit and to do that you have to be playing at the top level...So, yeah, I would say you would need to be playing in the Premier League but we'll see what happens"
Source: Club Call
Mar 26 - 10:37 AM

England manager Gareth Southgate has given a recall to Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe ahead of the international break.

And deservedly so, the 34-year-old has scored 14 goals in the Premier League this season for the Black Cats. Due to injuries to Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge, Defoe will look to make his first appearance for the Three Lions in four years with a friendly against Germany scheduled for Wednesday before a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania. Defoe will be joined up top by Jamie Vardy and Marcus Rashford, while James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond earned their first senior call-up.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 16 - 5:44 PM