West Ham have cooled considerably on the possibility of signing Jermain Defoe.
The former Hammer was in flying form earlier in the season but has scored only once in the last eight games since February.
The club have had the striker checked out regularly and took a particularly close look at him during the 2-2 draw against the Irons at the Stadium of Light on April 15.
They came away unimpressed with the 34 year old looking tired and leggy as the Hammers scrambled to a point against the doomed Black Cats.
We were told this morning: “There’s been a lot of newspaper talk and general speculation and given the December interest that’s understandable. However, there are other targets more in tune with our age policy!”
We are aware that Michy Batshuayi remains very much the No 1 target and that the Hammers are keen to do a permanent deal or a year’s loan – hopefully with a right to buy or a first offer clause.
But the Defoe option appears to be very much on the wane despite him being a free transfer should the Black Cats be relegated as now looks certain.
why not sign them both cos he looked tired in the team they relay on him to help them out all the time but if u got him even to come of the bench FRESH to change a game for us make sence free transfer as well
Totally agree he is being over played right now plus its the end of a hard season for them. What a super sub he would be!!
You use Defoe as a supersub he has been played far too much this season and is now in a team devoid of confidence creating little. Defoe will always score goals much the same as Kevin Phillips he can score goals very few others can and puts defenders under pressure just by being in and around the box. He is still a great option for us, we need two strikers at least not one.
Typical- make a big fuss about wanting the player then start criticising him. Why not just keep quiet!?
No risk here- 10 goals a year at least and a freebie- player has always looked after himself. Playing upfront at Sunderland must be hard work this season though overall he has done fine and recently got picked for England!