AFC Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe is reportedly on the transfer radar of Championship club Sheffield United.

According to the Sheffield Star, Blades boss Chris Wilder is weighing up a move for Defoe or Southampton’s Shane Long ahead of the second half of the season.

Defoe moved to the Vitality Stadium in the summer of last year after he was released by Sunderland, but has found his playing time limited this season.

In fact, he has featured in the Premier League for just 22 minutes this season and has made a handful of appearances in the Carabao Cup.

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Cherries boss Eddie Howe has found it difficult to drop the free-scoring Callum Wilson, who has subsequently received an England call-up, and Josh King from the starting XI.

Sheffield United are performing well in the Championship this campaign, sitting fourth in the table with 30 points after 17 matches.

Wilder has rotated David McGoldrick, Leon Clarke and Billy Sharp in the striking department so far, but seems keen to add one more option to his squad.

Defoe would of course demand a considerable wage, something the Steel City club could possibly fund with some of the money Bournemouth paid them for David Brooks in the summer.

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