Some West Ham fans here in the Transfer Tavern have not forgiven Jermain Defoe for the way he left the east of London way back in 2004, but reports from The Sun hint they may have to put this grudge in the past soon, with a free transfer this summer being eyed.
The 34-year-old, who was recently recalled to the England squad after four years away from the Three Lions set-up, has been enjoying a stellar season at Sunderland, but even his 14 Premier League goals have not been enough to keep David Moyes’ side off of the bottom of the division.
And The Sun claim that West Ham are plotting a move for him at the end of the campaign on the understanding that he will be available for free if the Black Cats do indeed get relegated to the Championship.
A source told the outlet: “We remain interested in Jermain after trying to sign him in January.
“He’s 34 but his call-up for England tells you everything you need to know. We want to discover where he stands on the contract.
“We believe it’s a free if they go down. Although his wages are high it would be a good deal for us.
“We think he would love to finish his days at the club that groomed him. We will have a good look at him on April 15 when we are up there.”
Sunderland are currently seven points adrift of safety with 10 games to go, so it appears unlikely that they will be able to pull off another late escape, while Defoe himself has already hinted that he will have to move on if the Wearsiders fall out of the top tier.
West Ham are short of goal-getters, with their leading scorer in the league this term versatile winger Michail Antonio, who has nine.
West Ham must re-sign Jermain Defoe – agree?