JERMAIN DEFOE revealed his ‘phone has been going mad’ as he tries to work out his next transfer.
And he reiterated a sensational return to Sunderland could be on the cards.
Jermain Defoe is set to make a transfer return to England this monthCredit: PA
However, the Stadium of Light is one of a ‘few’ possible destinations.
Veteran Defoe told talkSPORT: “The phone has been going mad. When the phone’s still going at 39 that’s a good thing.
“I’ve got a few options.
“It’s well documented that the Sunderland option is there.”
Defoe, who turns 40 in October, had his Rangers contract terminated last week.
But it appears he is not ready to hang up his boots and retire just yet because he wants to ‘play in front of fans and be part of a successful side’ again.
League One promotion chasers Sunderland are hoping they can overcome ‘a million and one things’ and get him to head back to the North-East, according to boss Lee Johnson.
Defoe is loved on Wearside after scoring 37 goals in 93 appearances during his two-and-a-half years with the Black Cats following his switch from Toronto in 2015.
His heartwarming friendship with tragic young fan Bradley Lowery also helped him become a local hero.
Last week, Johnson said: “We’re fully aware of Jermain’s situation, as everybody is.
“We’re fully aware of his character traits, and the professional standards he’s adhered to over the course of his career at an elite and top level.
“As in any particular transfer scenario, there’s a million and one things that would have to happen for that to be beneficial for all parties.
“That would be the key with any out-of-contract player, and in particular with Jermain.”
Reflecting on his time at Ibrox, the 57-cap ex-England striker got emotional.
He added: “The boys, they are unbelievable, you sign for a club, obviously I came with a big reputation, I was so desperate to go and win a league title, the boys were fantastic.
“My team-mates were just special, especially the young lads. Joe Aribo, Glen Kamara call me uncle.
“I would come in the gym, and the lads would be on their phones, they would be like, ‘Uncle’s coming.’
“Just that appreciation from the boys, I think it was Joe Aribo who messaged me the other day, a nice message and said, ‘Honour to play with you uncle, I feel so blessed I helped you, I contributed in helping you get that league title.'”
⚽ Read our Transfer News Live blog for the very latest rumours, gossip and done deals
Defoe is adored by Black Cats fans for his efforts on and off the pitch during two-and-a-half seasons on WearsideCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The Insidexpress is now on Telegram and Google News. Join us on Telegram and Google News, and stay updated.