Defoe completes Bournemouth move

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The England international striker will remain at the Vitality Stadium until 2020 after being released by Sunderland at the end of last season

Jermain Defoe has completed his move to Bournemouth after signing a three-year deal at the Vitality Stadium.

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The England international joins the Cherries having been released by Sunderland following their relegation from the Premier League.

Defoe's signing marks his return to the club where he first made headlines during a loan spell from West Ham in 2000-01.

“It’s great to be back and I’m really looking forward to this challenge,” said Defoe.

“When the opportunity came about to return to AFC Bournemouth I just knew it was the right one.

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“It was an easy decision, joining a top team with a top manager. It’s a great place to be.

“The Bournemouth fans know that every time I pull the shirt on I will give 100 per cent, and the one thing I can guarantee is goals.”

The striker scored 18 goals in 29 appearances during his previous spell for the club, including a record-breaking run of 12 goals in 10 matches during the second half of the campaign.

Defoe leaves Sunderland having scored 37 goals in two-and-a-half seasons for the Black Cats - form which has seen him earn a recall to the England national side.

He becomes Bournemouth's second signing of the summer following the arrival of Asmir Begovic from Chelsea while Nathan Ake is closing in on £20m move to the south coast.

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