Charlie Nicholas thinks that Newcastle could/would be interested in a move for Jermain Defoe this summer.
With Sunderland already relegated, it means the striker can leave for nothing in the summer and despite being set to turn 35 in October, he will have no shortage of takers.
Despite playing for one of the worst Premier League sides ever, Defoe has managed 14 goals so far this season from 33 Premier League matches.
When you consider the Mackems have only scored 26 league goals in total, that is some going.
The fact the striker has started all of Sunderland’s PL matches this season, is also testament to his fitness levels.
Charlie Nicholas’ Sky Sports colleague, Phil Thompson, thinks Newcastle United would be the ‘ideal’ destination for Jermain Defoe.
Although he does accept that the Mackems might not be too impressed…
“All of the clubs who come up will surely be interested in him but I would think straight away that Newcastle would be the ideal one.
“Staying up in the same area would be ideal for him, although that obviously wouldn’t sit well with Sunderland fans.
“Dwight Gayle has done well but has never delivered in the Premier League, likewise for Aleksandar Mitrovic, whereas Defoe has proven yet again that he has that qualify.
“West Brom and Stoke might also be interested. There are probably also a few top sides that might take him for a back-up option but you’d like to see him go somewhere where he starts regularly.
“Another option is Everton, if Romelu Lukaku leaves. While they try to find a replacement, Defoe would be an ideal stop-gap fit for them.”
“I would not be surprised if Newcastle or Brighton are interested in him. How many players can guarantee you double figures when you don’t create a lot of chances?
“The problem is whether he fits into their system because not many managers fancy him as a lone striker. It’s not to do with age, it’s about how well he is playing. Will he get back in the England side? Probably not if everyone is fit.
“I’m tempted to say Bournemouth because they’re a nice passing side but there wouldn’t be any assurances he’d start, especially when Callum Wilson is fit.”