Sky Sports confirmed last night that AFC Bournemouth Striker Jermain Defoe is available during the January transfer window and either Leeds United or Sheffield United could be a viable option for the forward, who is likely to seek a move away from the Vitality Stadium.

Leeds United’s Kemar Roofe is attracting clear interest both domestically and abroad after a prolific first-half of the campaign in front of goal, but if he was to pick up any sort of injury or to leave, it could become a concern as to where the goals will come from for Marcelo Bielsa’s Championship leaders.

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Equally, Sheffield United could be concerned about their future in front of goal, with rumours circling that Billy Sharp could be a surprise transfer target for Italian side Palermo during this transfer window, although these rumours were quashed earlier on in the press today.

Both Leeds United and Sheffield United are automatic promotion contenders sitting 1st and 3rd respectively and the addition of an experienced striker such as Defoe would only compliment the strong sides they already have, rather than creating a dramatic change to either team’s squad.

The 36-year-old striker is at a late stage in his career but is still likely to have plenty to offer in front of goal if he’s given the chance to move away from Bournemouth this January. He would likely command a large wage bill, but both teams will need to spend money in order to keep their promotion challenge up, and he’d bring the quality to push either side over the line during the coming months.

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With Jermain Defoe proving he can do it in the Premier League for a number of years now, he may fancy a new challenge and winning promotion to the Premier League with either of the two Championship sides would be a brilliant achievement to add to an already illustrious career.

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