West Ham hopeful of signing Defoe on free transfer – report

Oli Fisher
Jermain Defoe: Wanted again by Hammers

Jermain Defoe: Wanted again by Hammers

West Ham United are set go back in for Sunderland star Jermain Defoe this summer – and beleive they can get him on a free.

The 34-year-old striker has just been recalled to the England squad after four-years out after another good campaign with the Black Cats.

The Sun claims that Slaven Bilic wants to snap Defoe up, with the ex-Spurs man available for free if the Wearsiders are relegated.

Defoe has been in wonderful form this season, scoring 14 of Sunderland’s 24 Premier League goals, but it may not be enough to keep them up.

Sunderland are currently seven points from safety with ten matches to go, meaning it would take somewhat of a miracle for David Moyes’ side to beat the drop.

A Hammers source told The Sun: “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.”