Defoe refuses to rule out Sunderland exit in January

Date published: Friday 30th December 2016 7:45 - Oli Fisher

Jermain Defoe: In demand

Jermain Defoe has played down speculation that he could leave Sunderland amid reported interest from West Ham United.

The 34-year-old’s eight goals to date this season have once again kept the Black Cats in with a chance of escaping the drop from the Premier League, and his feat has not gone unnoticed elsewhere.

However, Defoe, who arrived on Wearside in a swap deal with Jozy Altidore almost two years ago, remains relaxed about the situation.

He told Sky Sports News HQ: “There’s going to be speculation because, let’s be honest, the people that score goals are wanted.

“Over the years, anyone that has scored goals has been talked about in terms of moving to different clubs.

“I think it’s just part and parcel. The players don’t really get involved; you just get your head down and you play football.

“It’s a good feeling to be wanted, but when you’re playing well and scoring goals then you must be enjoying being at the place you’re at.”

Moyes is convinced Sunderland can fire themselves out of relegation trouble if his players give Defoe a helping hand.

Until Fabio Borini struck at Manchester United on Boxing Day, only the former England striker, sidekick Victor Anichebe and full-back Patrick van Aanholt, as well as Leicester defender Robert Huth, had found the back of the net in the league this season.

Both Moyes and chief executive Martin Bain have signalled their intention to resist any attempt to lure Defoe away from the Stadium of Light next month.


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