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Sunderland say no for Defoe

The former Hammer may not be coming back to East London

Sunderland v Liverpool - Premier League Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

With the January transfer window now open, West Ham can finally start pursuing strikers. One of which is former West Ham striker Jermain Defoe, but Sunderland seem unlikely to let him go. Sunderland has turned down a 5 million pound offer from West Ham for Defoe, with manger David Moyes saying Defoe is “invaluable.”

West Ham can still counter offer, but with Sunderland trying to stay up in the Premier League, it will be difficult to convince them to give away their best player. The price would have to be very high, and even though West Ham fans would love to see the old striker back in Claret and Blue, it may not be worth it for a 34 year old striker.

The West Ham board doesn’t lack other options, with the Sturridge, Martial, and Rashford rumors still floating around. They can also come back to Carlos Bacca and Michy Batshuyai who are both on the outs at their respective clubs, but it seems unlikely Jermain Defoe will return to East London.

At least in this window.