Leeds should make late swoop for Jermain Defoe

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe recently insisted that Jermain Defoe would not be leaving the Cherries on loan before the end of the month.

However, Leeds United should make a late swoop for the 35-year-old in a bid to bring him to Elland Road on loan for the remainder of the 2018-19 campaign.

What’s the word, then?

Nottingham Forest have recently been linked with a loan move for Defoe, but Howe said on Tuesday night that the centre-forward would not be leaving this month.

A lot can change in football over the space of 24 hours, however, and there is no getting away from the fact that Defoe is not first choice for Bournemouth this term.

Indeed, if Callum Wilson and Josh King both stay fit then it is difficult to imagine Defoe seeing much first-team football between now and the end of the campaign.

Defoe is not exactly a spring chicken, and the chance to star for a Leeds team looking to win the Championship this season would certainly be an interesting challenge.

And the second-tier outfit’s head coach Marcelo Bielsa should do all he can to try and sign the Englishman on loan before Friday afternoon’s deadline.

Why should Leeds move for Defoe?

Defoe has scored 163 goals in 493 Premier League appearances across his career, which started at West Ham United in 1999.

The centre-forward has since represented Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth, Toronto FC and Sunderland, and has been a regular goalscorer throughout his time in the game.

Defoe impressively scored 30 Premier League goals for Sunderland during his last two seasons with the club, but only netted four times in the top flight last term, and has featured just once in the league thus far this season.

Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford have both been in decent form for Leeds in the early stages of the campaign, but both would certainly benefit from having a player of Defoe’s ilk at the club.

The striker might be getting on, but the 5ft 7in ace, who managed 20 goals in 57 appearances for England, is capable of firing Leeds into the Premier League.