‘I’m back’: Jermain Defoe completes emotional return to Sunderland at the age of 39 after the ex-England striker terminated his contract with Scottish champions Rangers
- Jermain Defoe has secured an emotional return to Sunderland at the age of 39
- Defoe became a free agent following the termination of his Rangers contract
- He had been linked with a move to either Oxford United or Charlton Athletic
- However, Sunderland are now said to be in pole position land the forward
- Defoe has previously spent three seasons on Wearside between 2015-2017
Sunderland have 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 following the mutual termination of his Rangers contract at the start of January and had been linked with a move to either Oxford United and Charlton Athletic.
However, Sunderland have swooped for their former striker – who spent three seasons on Wearside between 2015-2017.
Sunderland are close to making an agreement with free agent Jermain Defoe (above)
In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the League One side announced Defoe’s return and the 39-year-old said in a statement: ‘I’m back’.
Defoe will arrive in a dressing room without a manager, after the club parted ways with Lee Johnson last weekend following their 6-0 defeat by Bolton.
During his time at the club, Defoe scored a total of 37 goals in 93 games in all competitions for Sunderland.
Following that he went on to represent AFC Bournemouth before, most recently, playing for Scottish champions Rangers.
However, he mutually agreed to terminate his contract in Scotland after making just two top-flight appearances this term.
Defoe has previously spent three seasons on Wearside between 2015-2017 (above)
Despite being in pole position to land Defoe, Sunderland are focused on hiring a new manager after sacking Lee Johnson (above) on Sunday night
The 39-year-old’s arrival will also provide competition for League One’s top scorer Ross Stewart.
Sunderland are also focused on hiring a new manager after sacking Lee Johnson on Sunday night.
Neil Lennon and Wigan’s Leam Richardson are among those under consideration for the position.