Football transfer rumours: John Terry and Jermain Defoe to Bournemouth?

Today’s tittle-tattle is basking in the sun

With its sandy beaches, fresh air and Gala Bingo Halls, Bournemouth is renowned as a very pleasant place for the elderly to live out their dotage once they’ve withdrawn from the rat race. It’s no great surprise, then, that Jermain Defoe (34) and John Terry (36) are being touted as potential new recruits for the local football team next season, now that both players are looking for alternative employment. Terry announced that he’ll be parting company with Chelsea at the end of the season, while Defoe is expected to leave relegated Sunderland once they’ve completed their final four fixtures. The striker is already something of a hero at the south coast club, having fired in 18 goals in 29 appearances during a spell on loan from Tottenham many moons ago. Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes his side will benefit from the pair’s combined 40-odd years of professional experience.

Diego Costa has long been linked with a summer move to China and reports from Spain suggest he may already have inked a deal with Tianjin Quanjian that would earn him £650,000 per week after tax. The Chinese Super League club say no deal has been done yet, but owner Shu Yuhui says he has pre-contract agreements in place with three big names currently plying their trade in Europe. Shu has been working with agent Jorge Mendes, who looks after Costa, and was on the verge of signing Monaco striker Radamel Falcao earlier this year when Fabio Cannavaro, who manages Tianjin Quanjian, nixed the deal saying he didn’t want the Colombian.

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