Sunderland striker Defoe undergoes medical with Bournemouth

Hazel Gray
June 7, 2017

Sunderland striker Jermaine Defoe has described Bournemouth as a "special club" ahead of his impending move to the South Coast outfit.

Footballer Jermain Defoe intends to spend "as much time as possible" with terminally-ill Bradley Lowery after his move to Bournemouth.

"It's out there, a lot of people obviously knew, I did a medical and said when this [international duty] is finished and I've had a break, come July everyone will know anyway", Defoe said on BBC Radio 5Live.

During his time with the North-East outfit, Defoe has scored 37 goals in 93 appearances in all competitions.

Reports indicate Defoe has agreed a three-year deal with Bournemouth, worth around £60,000-per-week.

"What I want to do is. focus on England, the two games, and then after that everyone will know", Defoe told reporters ahead of Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Scotland.

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Defoe says he has not spoken about leaving Wearside before out of respect for the Sunderland fans but with news of his imminent departure now well known, the 34-year-old has confirmed the transfer is almost complete.

"It's documented about the Bournemouth thing".

The news will come as a blow to West Ham who were reportedly keen to sign their former striker this summer. I was there as a kid. All I'd say is I wish him the best.

"I sort of felt like I was prepared for it a little bit but you can't be, because he is only six and to see him go through that sort of pain is really hard".

Defoe has taken the place of Wayne Rooney, who was dropped from the squad after failing to play enough games for Manchester United last season.

"Every day I wake up and I will text his mum and ask how he is getting on and she will say he's OK".

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