The Sunderland and England striker will be available on a free and the Cherries are dangling a £115,000-a-week, three-year deal in front of him.

A move to the Vitality looks likely but Defoe, who has 15 goals for the relegated Black Cats, is keeping his options open as Everton and old club West Ham are interested.

Despite his age, boss Eddie Howe believes the star would still be value for money as there is no transfer fee involved.

The offer is for an initial two-year £6m-a- season deal, with the option of another year.

Bournemouth are also offering Chelsea’s John Terry £100,000-a-week as they look to add experience to their squad.