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20 million reasons why Newcastle have given ‘freebie’ Jermain Defoe a wide berth

4 years ago
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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.

(All contributions from Newcastle fans welcome, send articles (as well as ideas/suggestions) to [email protected])

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