West Ham plotting to re-sign Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe in January window
West Ham United are attempting to re-sign former striker Jermain Defoe when the January transfer window opens.
An offer of £6million has been mooted for the 34-year-old who is greatly admired by West Ham manager Slaven Bilic.
Although West Ham accept that the likelihood of Sunderland selling Defoe is extremely slim they will make an effort to bring him back to the club he left in 2004 in acrimonious circumstances after he refused to sign a new contract and was sold to Tottenham Hotspur for £7million.
Bilic is desperate to bolster his attacking options with Simeone Zaza and Jonathan Calleri having returned to their clubs after struggling during their loan moves to West Ham.
However it would be unthinkable for Sunderland manager David Moyes to sanction the sale of Defoe who is his main attacking goal-threat as they, too, battle against the possibility of relegation this season.
Moyes has already admitted he would probably have turned down the Sunderland job if he had known the club was up for sale and that he would be starved of transfer funds.
Selling his best player would undermine him even if it would get the club’s highest-earner of the wage bill and raise funds for the transfer market.
Even so it would not make any sense for Sunderland to sell as they have no replacement for Defoe who has scored eight times this season in a struggling team.