According to the Sunderland Echo, League One promotion contenders Sunderland have seen an optimistic enquiry for former Black Cats striker Jermain Defoe turned down, with reports suggesting he is set to stay in the Premier League.

Former England striker Jermain Defoe is highly unlikely to return to former club Sunderland in the January transfer window, after the League One side had an ambitious enquiry knocked back by Premier League side Bournemouth.

Jermain Defoe has been heavily linked with a move away from Bournemouth in the January transfer window, after falling down the pecking order under manager Eddie Howe. Championship duo Wigan Athletic and Sheffield United have been heavily linked with a move for the striker, but interest from Premier League side Crystal Palace could harm The Latics’ and The Baldes’ hopes of bringing him in.

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Defoe enjoyed a successful spell with Sunderland, but it looks highly unlikely that he will return to the North East with The Black Cats with Jack Ross’ side in League One.

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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