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…

Phil Thompson:

“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.”

Charlie Nicholas:

“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.”

  • Burt Humperdink

    It would certainly put the black cat amongst the magpies if he did. *gets coat*

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    He`s been a top class scorer of goals for 15yrs, he`s got another season in him

  • wheyayeman

    Bring him in – he would score goals for sure. I have no doubt he could hit 12-15 next season for any decent Prem team. I don’t think he could go on for 2 more years as a main striker but he will probably want a 2 year contract. A main man for next season and an impact sub the following? Someone will take a punt but will it be us?

  • Jimblag23

    It would be heart breaking for that wee kid though 🙁 I can imagine if shearer went to a rival when I was a nipper 💔

  • Wor Lass

    I agree with Jimblag. In a weird way, although he`s a good player with a season left in him, I would be disappointed if he came to us because of that. Maybe, if he did come, he could say that in lieu of a fee nufc should make a donation to the cancer charity. Footballers` careers are short, they have to look after no 1, we need goals, he would be relatively cheap etc but …..

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    The lad scores goals so for that reason alone you would have him in a heartbeat.
    The problem is crossing the great divide because you always get extremists on both sides who take it too far.
    There would be some Sunderland fans who would understand the reasons of why he might sign for Newcastle but a small minority who would be up in arms.
    I seem to remember Clive Mendonca’s mother and father having their windows put in after he scored that hat-trick against them for Charlton in the play offs that time !
    That’s how daft it can get up here in the North East in regards to the football.
    Although you can look at the transfer of Jack Colback as being a yardstick for things calming down slightly these days.

    I suppose it comes down to his own feelings on the situation on his time up here and would his closeness to young Bradley Lowery be a factor in it ?