Sheffield United must go all out to sign Jermain Defoe before Friday’s deadline

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has suggested, via Sky Sports, that striker Jermain Defoe is going nowhere before Friday’s deadline, but Championship club Sheffield United must go all out to bring the veteran attacker to Bramall Lane.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the 35-year-old has found himself down the pecking order with the Cherries so far this term and he has played just a single minute of Premier League football having come off of the substitutes’ bench right at the end of the opening day 2-0 win against Cardiff City.

The former West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur striker did start the south coast outfit’s 3-0 Carabao Cup win against MK Dons at the Vitality Stadium on Tuesday night but failed to get on the score-sheet, and Howe denied that Defoe could be on his way.

Meanwhile, Sheffield United have strengthened their squad well over the summer and added to their frontline with the signing of David McGoldrick, but they look to need another option up top alongside him, Leon Clarke and Billy Sharp if they are to make a serious promotion bid.

Why should they go for Defoe?

A move for Aston Villa’s Scott Hogan is proving problematic because of the Midlands outfit’s failure to sign a new centre-forward themselves, and Blades boss Chris Wilder will surely be considering other options right now.

There will be few better alternatives on the market than Defoe, who will surely want to be playing regularly at this stage of his career rather than sitting on the bench at Bournemouth.

The soon-to-be 36-year-old is a natural-born goalscorer, and there is no doubt that he is a signing – both in terms of quality and as a statement of intent – that can really push Sheffield United right into promotion contention.