‘I’m back’: Jermain Defoe completes emotional return to Sunderland at 39 after the ex-England striker terminated his contract with Scottish champions Rangers
- Jermain Defoe has made an emotional return to Sunderland at the age of 39
- Defoe became a free agent after terminating his contract with Rangers
- He has been linked with a move to either Oxford United or Charlton Athletic
- However, Sunderland is now said to be in pole position and relegated to the front
- Defoe previously spent three seasons in Wireside between 2015-2017
Sunderland He has completed an emotional reunion with free agent Jermain Defoe, five years after he left the Black Cats for Bournemouth..
Defoe, 39, became a free agent after the mutual termination of his contract with Rangers at the start of January and was linked with moves to Oxford United and Charlton Athletic.
However, Sunderland pounced on their former striker – who spent three seasons at Wierside between 2015-2017.
Sunderland is close to concluding an agreement with free agent Jermain Defoe (above)
In the early hours of Tuesday morning, League One announced Defoe’s return, and the 39-year-old said in a statement: “I’m back.”
Defoe will arrive in the dressing room without a manager, after the club parted ways with Lee Johnson last weekend after their 6-0 defeat to Bolton.
During his time at the club, Defoe scored a total of 37 goals in 93 appearances in all competitions for Sunderland.
Then he went to acting Bournemouth had previously played, recently, with the Scottish champions, Rangers.
However, he mutually agreed to terminate his contract in Scotland after appearing only twice in the Premier League this term.
Defoe previously spent three seasons at Wireside between 2015-2017 (above)
Despite being in pole position to land Defoe, Sunderland is focused on appointing a new manager following the sacking of Lee Johnson (above) on Sunday night
The arrival of the 39-year-old will also provide competition for top scorer Ross Stewart.
Sunderland is also focused on appointing a new manager after the sacking of Lee Johnson on Sunday night.
Neil Lennon and William Richardson of Wigan are among those being considered for this position.