West Ham ‘make dramatic bid’ for former striker – report

Mark Scott
Jermain Defoe: Strong interest in January

Jermain Defoe: Strong interest in January

West Ham’s extensive search for a new striker could see them return for one of their former youth products, according to The Sun.

Jermain Defoe, who began his career with West Ham in 1999, is reportedly the subject of a £6million bid from the Hammers, who are ready to tempt Sunderland owner Ellis Short to cash-in on the 34-year-old and get him off the wage bill.

There is also the hope that Defoe would welcome a return to London where he has ‘big ties’ with the rest of his family.

After West Ham raided Charlton for the England international in 1999, Defoe scored 29 goals in 93 games before going on to play for the likes of Tottenham, Portsmouth and Toronto FC before returning to the Premier League with Sunderland, where he has defied his advancing years and scored 30 goals in 64 appearances for the club.

Defoe is not the only striker being linked with West Ham in Friday’s papers, with AC Milan’s Carlos Bacca, Brentford’s Scott Hogan and Atletico Mineiro’s Lucas Pratto, who has been valued at £12million.