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Bournemouth boss Howe insists he's happy with Defoe amid Sunderland claims

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe insists Jermain Defoe is part of his plans.

Sunderland owner Stewart Donald admitted this week trying to re-sign the veteran striker last summer.

Howe told the Daily Echo: “Jermain has got a big future here.

“He's a very important player for a host of different reasons.

“His experience and wisdom he passes on to the players – he has always got a really good, useful thing to say in any situation.

“On the training ground he is really beneficial for everybody - for me and for the young strikers we have in imparting his knowledge on the pitch.

“We have seen recently in training he has looked really sharp and I have been really pleased with his general performances in training. He is a huge part of what we do."

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