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Jermain Defoe completes 3yr deal with Bournemouth, reports Press Association

Jermain Defoe Credit: PA

Jermain Defoe has completed a move to Bournemouth on a three-year deal, according to Press Association Sport.

The 34-year-old left Sunderland following their relegation from the Premier League last season.

And the England striker returns to Bournemouth, where he had a successful loan spell early in his career.

Earlier this month, while on England duty, Defoe said the move to the south coast was happening.

He scored 18 times on a season-long loan at Bournemouth from West Ham in 2000-01 and netted in 10 successive matches.

It is understood Defoe will earn around £65,000 a week.

Former West Ham, Tottenham and Portsmouth striker Defoe joined the Black Cats in January 2015 but was unable to halt their slide into the Championship last term despite netting 15 Premier League goals.

Preston give Simon Grayson permission to speak to Sunderland

Preston North End's manager Simon Grayson Credit: PA

Preston North End has given Simon Grayson permission to speak to Sunderland Football club in relation to their vacant managerial position.

The club has released the following statement:

"Preston North End have today been contacted by Sunderland Football Club to ask permission to speak to Simon Grayson in relation to their vacant managerial position.

Having spoken to Simon, he has asked permission to speak to the Black Cats and therefore the club had no option but to allow these conversations to take place, with a compensation package already guaranteed in his contract.

Whilst these talks are ongoing, Steve Thompson will be in charge of first team affairs.

The club will make no further comment at this stage."

– Preston North End

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Sunderland's assistant manager leaves the club

Paul Bracewell has left his role of assistant manager at Sunderland AFC with immediate effect.

A former Sunderland player, who spent four spells with the Black Cats, Bracewell returned to the club in a coaching capacity in 2013, joining the academy set-up.

He made the move to the first-team coaching staff in 2015, under Dick Advocaat.

Paul Bracewell has left Sunderland football club Credit: PA

"It has been a great honour to serve Sunderland AFC as a player, coach and assistant manager for a combined total of 10 years.

“I would like to thank the club and its staff, but also the supporters for the great backing I have received throughout my Sunderland career.

“I now look forward to the next challenge in my football career.”

– Paul Bracewell
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