Jermain Defoe ‘seriously considering’ emotional Sunderland transfer return at 39 after leaving Rangers

According to reports, JERMAIN DEFOE is ‘seriously considering’ an emotional return to Sunderland.

The former England striker, 39, saw his contract with the Scottish Premiership champions terminated last week.

Jermain Defoe is'seriously considering' an emotional return to Sunderland, report says


Jermain Defoe is ‘seriously considering’ an emotional return to Sunderland, report saysCredit: PA: Empics Sport

Now Defoe is entertaining a host of offers – including one from the old club, Sunderland.

Despite offers from two Championship teams, Defoe is leaning towards League One, says drunk.

The former Tottenham striker helped Steven Gerrard’s Rangers finally end a drought in the Scottish Premiership last season.

But Defoe has only started twice this season under Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

And while Defoe is working more and more often as a coach, the 57-year-old former Three Lions player believes he still has a lot to offer on the pitch.

Despite his age, Defoe has revealed he wants to ‘play in front of the fans and be part of a successful team’ again before retiring from playing.


And those in pursuit of League One promotion Sunderland are hoping they can overcome ‘a million and one things’ and bring him back to the Stadium of Light, in the words of boss Lee Johnson.

Last week, Johnson said: “We are fully aware of Jermain’s situation, like everyone else.

“We are fully aware of his personality traits and the professional standards he has adhered to throughout his career at the elite and top levels.

“As in any particular transfer scenario, there is a million and one things that have to happen in order for it to benefit all parties.

“That will be key with any player out of contract, and especially with Jermain.

“It really is that simple. There isn’t really much more detail that I could go into because it’s an open market player that will be weighed against the pros and cons, as will any other open market player.

“Clearly, ties to this area are always taken into account and respect for an individual, not only as a great human being, but also having a great career, will also be always go into it.”

Defoe is beloved on Wearside after scoring 37 goals in 93 appearances during his two-and-a-half years at the Stadium of Light after moving from Toronto in 2015.

His heart is so warm friendship with tragic young fan Bradley Lowery also helped himself become a local hero.

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