A.F.C. Bournemouth has sealed a deal for the return of Jermain Defoe, and is also on the verge of completing a deal for Chelsea’s Nathan Ake.
Defoe, 34, who scored in a club-record 10 consecutive league games for Bournemouth during a loan spell in 2000-01, has promised to bring goals to the club again.
The England international striker, who rejoins Eddie Howe’s team as a free agent after exercising a relegation release clause in his Sunderland contract, said the decision to sign a three-year deal there had been straightforward.
“It’s great to be back and I’m really looking forward to this challenge,” he said. “When the opportunity came about to return to AFC Bournemouth, I just knew it was the right one. 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%, and the one thing I can guarantee is goals.”
Eddie Howe – a former team-mate of Defoe in his time with Bournemouth — was delighted to have got his man. However, Bournemouth will invest heavily in Defoe’s wages even as the club is on the verge of another huge signing in Chelsea’s Nathan Ake.
Ake is expected to sign a five-year contract for a club record 20 million Pound transfer from the Premier League champions inside the next 48 hours. The Dutchman spent the first half of last season on loan at Bournemouth and was able to made an impact under Howe, and was disappointed when Chelsea recalled the defender in January but left on the sidelines.
While it remains that the Blues does not have any desire to sell their player, Ake attracted plenty of admirers within the club because of his exemplary attitude as well as his talent, with the Dutchman also desperate to play regular first-team football — something that Chelsea could not guarantee.
But if the deal is completed, Ake will become the second player to swap Chelsea for Bournemouth this summer, with Asmir Begovic agreeing a long-term contract with the south coast club at the end of May.