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Jermain Defoe

Date of birth:
7th October 1982
Date signed:
1st July 1999
West Bromwich Albion V Bournemouth
Previous clubs:
West Ham, Tottenham, Portsmouth, Toronto, Sunderland

Jermain Defoe rejoined the Cherries ahead of the 2017/18 season and soon scored his first goal for the club in 16 years by netting the winner against Brighton.

A natural goalscorer, Defoe began his professional career at West Ham United, making his senior debut aged 18 in 2000. He was a popular figure at Upton Park, appearing more than 100 times in a Hammers shirt. 

During his four years at the club, Defoe was loaned out to the Cherries for eight-months and it was here that he wrote his name into the record books.

The striker hit 11 goals in 10 consecutive matches, equalling post-war records set by John Aldridge and Clarrie Jordan.

Following the completion of his loan, Defoe headed back to the Hammers having netted 18 goals in 29 league games for Bournemouth. 

After four years with West Ham, he made the switch across London to Tottenham Hotspur.

The England international marked his arrival by scoring on his debut, finishing the season with seven Spurs goals to his name despite only joining in January.  

The next four seasons would see Defoe voted Tottenham's Player of the Year in 2004, hit 50 goals for the club in all competitions and compete in the UEFA Cup for the first time. 

However, new signing Darren Bent meant that competition for starting places became tougher and Defoe sought regular first-team football in 2008.

As a result, he linked back up with former manager Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth. 

Despite being cup-tied for Pompey's FA Cup success in May, Defoe contributed heavily to the league campaign, scoring against the likes of Chelsea and twice against Wigan.

As the new season got underway in August, he continued where he left off, netting against Everton, Middlesbrough and Vitoria de Guimaraes in Portsmouth's crucial UEFA Cup clash. 

January saw Defoe take up the option to rejoin Tottenham and follow manager Harry Redknapp back to North London.

He would spend five years at the club and had the most prolific of those in 2009-10.

Three hat-tricks and five goals in a single game against Wigan contributed to him finishing the season on 24 goals and Tottenham qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in their history. 

After more than 150 appearances during his second spell at the club, Defoe received interest from overseas and opted to join Toronto FC in 2014. 

However, despite netting 11 goals in his first 16 games for the MLS side, he was offered a three-and-a-half year deal by Sunderland and returned to the Premier League in January 2015. 

The forward was instrumental as the Black Cats remained in the Premier League after a tough 2015-16 campaign.

He bagged a hat-trick against Swansea, netted a vital goal in the win over fellow strugglers Norwich and bagged the winner against giants Chelsea towards the end of the season. 

Nevertheless, Defoe could not save David Moyes' side the following year and found himself subject to a wealth of interest from Premier League clubs. 

It was Eddie Howe's Bournemouth that attracted the goal machine and Defoe returned to the Cherries ahead of the 2017/18 campaign. 

In his first season back in Dorset, Defoe scored the memorable winner against the Seagulls and a sublime double against Crystal Palace in December - the second goal at Selhurst Park claiming the striker a goal of the month award - as well as a late leveller at Watford in March.

In June 2018, Defoe received the OBE for services to the Jermain Defoe Foundation. He dedicated it to the memory of Bradley Lowery who had been repeatedly picked to be a Sunderland mascot while he battled neuroblastoma.

Defoe made eight appearances for the Cherries in the first-half of 2018/19 before joining Scottish giants Rangers on an 18-month loan deal in the January 2019 transfer window. 

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