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'Goal-obsessed' Defoe wants to rise in league scoring chart
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FILE PHOTO - Soccer Football - Pre Season Friendly - Bristol City v AFC Bournemouth - Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol, Britain - July 27, 2018   Bournemouth's Jermain Defoe reacts after missing a chance to score   Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 691px 444px FILE PHOTO - Soccer Football - Pre Season Friendly - Bristol City v AFC Bournemouth - Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol, Britain - July 27, 2018 Bournemouth's Jermain Defoe reacts after missing a chance to score Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

(Reuters) - Jermain Defoe's childhood obsession with scoring goals has put him within reach of a top-five spot in the Premier League's all-time list and the Bournemouth striker hopes to hit that target before ending his career.

Defoe, 35, is seventh in the list with 162 goals, one short of Robbie Fowler. Another 14 goals will see him overtake Thierry Henry (175) and leave him behind Frank Lampard (177), Andy Cole (187), Wayne Rooney (208) and Alan Shearer (260).

"On a personal note it's special because, as a kid, I was obsessed with goals," Defoe told local newspaper the Bournemouth Echo. "I always thought if I could score one goal in the Premier League it would be special.

"When I finish playing, if I could think 'right, you're in the top-five all-time goalscorers in the Premier League' it would be one of those moments where you would probably have to pinch yourself."

The England international, who has represented a number of clubs including West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth and Sunderland, has two years remaining on his Bournemouth contract but has not ruled out playing beyond that period.

Bournemouth open their Premier League campaign against promoted Cardiff on Saturday.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by Sudipto Ganguly)

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4 Chelsea CHE 34 16 10 4 2 33 13 +20 34
5 Arsenal ARS 34 16 10 4 2 35 20 +15 34
6 Manchester United MUN 26 16 7 5 4 28 26 +2 26
7 Everton EVE 24 16 6 6 4 23 19 +4 24
8 AFC Bournemouth BOU 23 16 7 2 7 25 26 -1 23
9 Leicester City LEI 22 16 6 4 6 21 20 +1 22
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers WOL 22 16 6 4 6 17 19 -2 22
11 West Ham United WES 21 16 6 3 7 23 25 -2 21
12 Watford WAT 21 16 6 3 7 20 23 -3 21
13 Brighton & Hove Albion BRI 21 16 6 3 7 19 22 -3 21
14 Cardiff City CAR 14 16 4 2 10 15 30 -15 14
15 Newcastle United NEW 13 16 3 4 9 13 22 -9 13
16 Crystal Palace CRY 12 16 3 3 10 13 23 -10 12
17 Burnley BUR 12 16 3 3 10 15 32 -17 12
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