Bournemouth transfer news: Jermain Defoe will be allowed to leave in January, with Crystal Palace and Sheffield United linked

Jermain Defoe will be allowed to leave Bournemouth this month.

The former England striker, who joined from Sunderland in 2017, has struggled for first-team football this campaign and has made just four substitute appearances in the Premier League, while his only starts have come in the Carabao Cup.

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Jermain Defoe has struggled for game time at Bournemouth

Crystal Palace and Sheffield United have been reported as potential loan options for the 36-year-old.

Manager Eddie Howe has been impressed with Defoe’s professionalism both on and off the pitch.

Speaking to the Bournemouth Echo last month, Howe said he would discuss the player’s future with him.

“I will have to sit down with Jermain and have that conversation,” he said.

“He is someone we hold in such high regard and has done such a great job here in many different ways.

“Even before the game against Chelsea, he was talking to Lys (Mousset) and giving Lys his experience and guidance. That for me is like gold dust.

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Eddie Howe has praised Defoe’s attitude

“He has trained very well, his attitude and conduct has been first-class. Let’s wait and see.

“The difficulty for me is I’ve got Joshua King, Callum Wilson and Lys, who was outstanding the other day. I have quality players vying for those positions and that’s what I want.”

Defoe netted four Premier League goals for Bournemouth last season and is the seventh-highest scorer in the competition’s history with 162 goals.

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