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Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe insists he could return to the MLS after dropping down the pecking order at the club.

Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe insists he could return to the MLS after dropping down the pecking order at the club.

The former Sunderland man left the Stadium of Light in the summer of 2017, with Bournemouth handing him a three-year deal.

Defoe still has two years left on his contract but is behind Josh King and Callum Wilson at present.

He spent a year with Toronto FC in 2014, scoring 11 goals in 19 games, and the 36-year-old admits a return to the MLS could be on the agenda.

Defoe told ESPN FC: ‘I definitely wouldn’t rule it out because when I was there, I enjoyed it. I enjoyed going to different places, places I’d never been before.

‘But even when I was there, each team we played, I always felt like there were a few players that could probably go on and play at some level in Europe.

‘I think the standard is improving. I think when David Beckham went there, it [the standard] was probably nowhere near what it is now.

‘It’s definitely a league that’s improving. I watch the games and there are some quality teams and all the stadiums are full now.’

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