​Bournemouth have officially confirmed the signing of ex-Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe on a free transfer, bringing the England international to the Vitality Stadium on a three-year deal. 

The 34-year-old scored 15 league goals in each of his last two seasons with the Black Cats, earning himself an unlikely England recall and a lucrative move to the south coast following his former side's slide into the Championship. 

Defoe scored 18 league goals in a single season on loan with the Cherries back in 2000/01 in the old Second Division, and now rejoins Eddie Howe's side 16 years later. 

Quoted in a ​club statement, he said: “It’s great to be back and I’m really looking forward to this challenge. When the opportunity came about to return to AFC Bournemouth I just knew it was the right one.

“It was an easy decision, joining a top team with a top manager. It’s a great place to be. The Bournemouth fans know that every time I pull the shirt on I will give 100 per cent, and the one thing I can guarantee is goals.”

Cherries boss Howe added: “This a huge moment for the football club and another step in the right direction. We want to bring players here who can have a big impact on our continued rise and we believe Jermain fits that as a natural, proven goal scorer.

“We have known him for a long time, since working with him as a young pro and playing with him. I have followed his career and am delighted to say he is going to be playing for AFC Bournemouth again.”