The Sun is reporting that Newcastle are interested in signing 34 year-old Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe, but we have our doubts about whether the report is true.
Jermain turns 35 in October and Mike Ashley may object to paying the striker huge wages, although apparently Jermain will be a free agent if Sunderland are relegated this season – and that seems more likely with every defeat.
Sunderland look doomed unless they can create another miraculous escape because they are 10 points from safety with only 8 games to play – 24 points to play for.
Jermain Defoe – Benitez wants him at Newcastle
In their last 6 games they have taken only one point – a 0-0 home draw against Burnley and they haven’t scored a goal in that stretch of games.
You can’t win if you can’t score.
As for Jermain Defoe, West Ham and Bournemouth are the other two clubs after him, so even if we are interested in the striker, it’s not certain he would want to join the Magpies, although it means he doesn’t have to move from the north-east.
Newcastle have missed far too many chances up front this season and Jermain is definitely a proven Premier League goalscorer and maybe a two year deal would make a lot of sense for us.
He has scored 14 goals in 33 appearances this season and in his time at the Black Cats since January 2015 when he signed on from Toronto, Jermain has saved the Black Cats from relegation twice – he’s been a great signing for them.
If Rafa really does want Jermain we think he could persuade the English International to join Newcastle and he would build an attack to fully use the talents of the 56 times capped England International with 20 goals.
The question we have is what would owner Mike Ashley think about that, because in the past he’s said he doesn’t want to pay big wages for players past their best.
That’s something former Chairman Freddie Shepherd used to do – think Patrick Kluivert back in 2004.
Jermain certainly hasn’t looked past his best at Sunderland with 36 goals in 85 appearances in just over two years – it’s been one stellar signing for them and they would be in the Championship now but for the goals of Jermain Defoe.
Jermain has gone way up in our estimation as a person because of the wonderful humane way he has befriended 5 year-old Bradley Lowery, who is bravely fighting cancer.
It warms the heart to see the two of them together.
What do you think?