Defoe hints at January move away from Bournemouth

Jermain Defoe has hinted he may have to leave Bournemouth to secure regular first-team football in the January transfer window.

The veteran forward has fallen behind the likes of Callum Wilson and Josh King in the pecking order at the Vitality Stadium and admits a move is possible as he seeks more regular game time.

“We’ll see what happens. At the end of the day I’m a footballer and I like playing football.’’ Defoe told the Mirror.

“I’m not playing football at the minute so we’ll see what happens.”

The 36-year-old signed for Bournemouth from relegated Sunderland in 2017 but has struggled to establish himself as a regular starter. He has made just seven appearances for the club so far this season, all of them from the bench.

Former side Sunderland have been linked with an ambitious move to take Defoe back to The Stadium of Light, although whether the ex-England international would drop down to League One remains to be seen.

High-flying Championship side Sheffield United have also been credited with an interest.

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