In recent months, Newcastle United were linked repeatedly with a move for Jermain Defoe.

Once it was revealed that the striker had a contract clause where he could leave for nothing this summer, little wonder a Premier League club only a few miles up the road wouldn’t be reported as a likely destination.

The fact Jermain Defoe has managed to score 15 of a quite shocking Sunderland’s final tally of 29, is impressive whichever way you look at it.

On the other hand, set to turn 35 only two months into next season and with only one goal in the final 15 weeks of the season, you could also see why some people would be wondering whether he might just be at the point, or coming to it, of just losing that necessary edge.

At the same time, you could understand those Newcastle fans who would think that surely a one year contract could be a decent punt on an ageing striker who could maybe help bridge that gap on the step up to the Premier League.

However, all of this has been blown out of the water with news from the south coast on Tuesday.

Monday had brought news of Jermain Defoe down at Bournemouth discussing a move, less than 24 hours after Sunderland had played their final game of the season.

That has been followed by news today of what is actually on the table for the striker.

The reported  claimed details of Bournemouth’s offer to Defoe have been widely covered by the media but here are just two of them:

The Mirror – James Nursey:

“Told that Jermain Defoe has agreed a three-year deal with Bournemouth worth £130k a week.”

Guardian – David Hytner:

“I’d be v surprised if Defoe did not end up at Bournemouth.

“He’s been offered £20m over 3 years, incl signing-on fee.

“Not bad for a 34yo!”

Not exactly a bargain one year deal!

I thought that somebody would probably have to offer him a two year contract but a three year deal would mean he’d be only just over three months short of his 38th birthday, when a three year contract would end in June 2020.

Seen as he was on a reported £80,000 a week, it is no surprise that taking into account signing on fee/no transfer fee to be paid, that these kind of figures are allegedly being offered.

I am guessing that if Jermain Defoe scored seven or eight goals next season that ensured Bournemouth’s Premier League safety, there would be an argument that he had already proved his ‘value’.

However, this kind of growing financial madness in the English top tier, simply underlines just what a task Rafa Benitez has on his hands when attempting to remodel Newcastle’s Championship squad into a Premier League one this summer.

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  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    Always going to be easier for Defoe to go to Bournemouth, he started first team football there but I’d guess that wage is dependant on a lot of targets being met.

  • john Shaft

    Shame Newcastle did not have the money to go and push the boat ou to land Defoe. i suspect that Defoe would not have signed for the Magpies due to his own ambitions would not match those held at St James’s Park

    • The Newt

      Yeah it’s a shame Newcastle don’t have the money for a FREE transfer (what clown thought that clause was a good idea?!). As for the wages, i’m not sure any 35 year old is worth 6 figures.

      • Soldier

        have a look around there`s quite a few players here & in Europe earning salaries that size in their 30`s

    • Lord

      Interesting, what ambition do you think Bournemouth have over us?

      My guess is he’s realising 20 million of his ambitions and you’re right, we’d probably not be in a position to match that.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        He started at Bournemouth on loan from west Ham, I’d guess he’d like to finish there.

        I suppose pleasant weather and living in Sandbanks has it’s appeal.

        Why would he desptroy all the goodwill from sunderland by signing for us? If he signed for us, he’s have problems which he doesn;t really need.

    • Gallowgate Dave

      Well I reckon Matt Ritchie disagrees with you.

    • Viru leckworth

      At that salary! Really!

  • Soldier

    this is life in the premiership, Bournemouth & some of the so called smaller teams spending vast sums. time for fatty to wake up & smell the coffee

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      You are not looking at the reality of things. a) we haven;t even tried to sign him b) even if we matched the money, he’d surely look at his reputation with Sunderland and realise it’s far easier to go back to where it all started for him.

      • Gallowgate Dave

        Christ the first comment I’ve ever read from you that I actually agree with! Whatever next? Will I be voting for Theresa May and buying Mike Ashley a pint!?!

    • Paul Busby

      I don’t think you can look at a single transfer that another club makes and judge the entire league and transfer window based on it.

  • Paul Patterson

    At those fees, er no!

  • Stevie Lambert

    Good luck to the lad. Proved himself to still be a very potent striker as well as being one of football’s genuine nice guys. He’ll bag 15 goals next season without breaking sweat in a mid table team.

  • Whickhamrobbie

    Dodged a bullet .He aint all that just watch next season when Bournmouth struggle how quick he will be off to china

  • Andy Mac

    You have to understand that whether he wanted to join NUFC or whether NUFC wanted him (probably neither tbh) it would have been a very hard sell to the makems who have seen him grow into the role of Uncle Jermaine to the Lowery child.

    There is no way the sad makems would have been happy with that nor particularly the parents of the boy ? However he now might be given the opportunity to drift away from the media frenzy and enjoy the sunset ?

  • Alreet

    More fish in the sea. Move on from makem has beens. Yea 15 goals last season but if you are a reasonable striker that should be standard most seasons if you’re any good. Rather have llorente for a fee and same wages. The right side of 30.

    • Allan Kidd

      Absolutely…a real number 9.

  • steve

    On a salary higher than Harry Kane I don’t think the club can be blamed for not pursuing that one.

  • Mrkgw

    Crazy deal that even by today’s standards. Glad that we aren’t signing him as there are better options out there.

  • hetonmag

    Bournemouth are taking a massive risk if the reported wages he is getting is correct because if there’s one thing that disrupts team spirit it’s someone on more money than the rest of the squad.

  • Down Under Mag

    Clubs are effectively willing to gamble on silly deals in order to try and secure their place on the financial gravy train that is the premier league. Madness!

  • Rich Lawson

    Doesn’t drink,doesn’t smoke,good fitness record,earned a lot of good will from everyone with the little lad,good luck to him if he can finish his career on that sort of money (what would he have got in China ?) just not with us !

  • Viru leckworth

    This piece took so long to download I thought there were really 20,000,000 reasons coming up.

  • Albert Stubbins

    20,000,001- HE’S AN SMB!!