Sunderland have endured a disastrous start to the new Premier League season, shipping seven goals in two heavy defeats, and reports have suggested that Dick Advocaat has been told he has no money to make any further signings.
The Black Cats could raise funds by selling Defoe, who does not fit into Advocaat’s preferred 4-4-3 formation and could be allowed to leave the Stadium of Light, but Bournemouth may struggle to match the wages of a player that is under contract until 2018.
Cherries boss Eddie Howe, however, has added Defoe to his list of strike targets that also includes Crystal Palace pair Dwight Gayle and Glenn Murray, according to The Guardian.
Alonso’s father and agent, Marcos Alonso Snr, meanwhile, expects the left-back to remain at Fiorentina despite an apparent interest from Sunderland in re-signing a player they had on loan during the 2013-14 season.
“Marcos feels good in Florence and he gets along well with new coach Paulo Sousa,” Alonso Snr said. “I am optimistic about his (contract) extension – there should not be any problems.”
Sunderland have also been linked with another of their former left-backs, Aston Villa’s Kieron Richardson, as well as FC Utrecht striker Sebastien Haller.