Championship duo Sheffield United and Wigan Athletic are looking to add some firepower to their sides for the second half of the season. The two sides have been linked with a loan move for Bournemouth’s out of favour striker Jermain Defoe ahead of the January transfer window.

Sheffield United and Wigan Athletic are both keen on bringing in Bournemouth’s former England international Jermain Defoe on loan for the remainder of the Championship season.

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Defoe has dropped down the pecking order at the Premier League side, and could look for a move away in January. The striker has made just four substitute appearances in the Premier League this season, scoring none.

Ahead of the transfer window, former Spurs striker Defoe spoke to The Mirror to discuss the possibility of a move away from Dean Court in the upcoming transfer window. Defoe offered encouragement to both Sheffield United and Wigan Athletic, as he failed to rule out a January switch:

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“We’ll see what happens. At the end of the day I’m a footballer and I like playing football. I’m not playing football at the minute so we’ll see what happens.”, Defoe said.

The former England man is a clinical finisher in front of goal, and has bags full of experience in the top flight. Defoe has made 496 Premier League appearances, scoring a massive 163 goals. He has also represented England on 57 occasions, picking up an impressive 20 goals along the way.

At 36, Defoe is entering the twilight of his career, and after falling out of favour at Bournemouth, it shows that he is no longer at the standard that saw him fire Portsmouth and Spurs to European football.  However, at Championship level, Defoe would be a valuable player to any club.

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