BREAKING NEWS: England striker Defoe completes return to Bournemouth

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Bournemouth have signed England international Jermain Defoe from Sunderland on a free transfer, the striker returning to the Premier League club 16 years after a loan spell.

Defoe hit 15 top-flight goals for Sunderland last season but his efforts could not stop them dropping down to the Championship, with the 34-year-old departing for a three-year deal at Bournemouth.

The former Tottenham and Toronto striker enjoyed a successful spell at Bournemouth early in his career, scoring 12 goals over 10 consecutive league games while on loan from West Ham in the 2000-2001 campaign.

Bournemouth are also reportedly closing in on the signing of Chelsea defender Nathan Ake, who was on loan at the club last season, with the fee for the Netherlands international reported to be around £20million.