Hammers cool big time on former striker target


jermain-defoe-STR_1510278cWest Ham have lost interest in Jermain Defoe as a summer signing.

The Hammers of course made a move for the Sunderland striker in the January window when they ere badly in need of goals and he was on fire.

The club offered ยฃ7 million at that time but are not overly interested in revisiting the issue this transfer window.

Defoe’s ย goal scoring form has tailed off dramatically towards the end of the season and he has now found the net only once at League level ย – in the last game against Hull – since February.

He had also appeared to lose the regular ability to get in behind defenders when the Hammers visited the Stadium of Light.

There is only the slightest chance that he could arrive as a back up striker as the club look to sign a prolific and younger hit man.

Despite thought to now being on a free transfer Defoe would cost around ยฃ80k a week in wages and the team see such money being better spent elsewhere.

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  • John says:

    I was really in favour of Defoe but I’ve cooled now. I think he would be a risk at his age. Sure he has ability but it must be on the wane. Pity we never got him when he went to Toronto as he would’ve given us 3 very good years

  • GW says:

    Let’s just keep the China Doll then as his explosive pace gets behind the defenders time and time again ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ What a stupid bloody statement that we’ve cooled on him because his pace has dropped when we’ve got that static lump sat on a treatment table for 20 odd weeks every year and when he does play he makes the Duke of Edinburgh look like a speedy spring chicken ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

      But you forget one thing GW.He is unplayable on his day ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    I think Defoe on a free transfer is a no brainer, as an impact sub he would be worth his wait in gold.

    • master says:


      Plus imagine the advice and effect he’d have on Fletcher and Martinez for a season. A much forgotten about added bonus. Les Ferdinand and Ian Wright are often consulted by the top footballers (Gayle, Kane, etc).

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    weight even

  • mooro66uk says:

    Warm the bench for 80k a week ?

    • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

      If he pays his wages each season by scoring goals definitely Mooro, all clubs need players who can change games, we are paying 85k a week to a player that doesn’t play, in some games Defoe can start but in others he would be an impact sub, lots of our supporters and maybe the board seem to be judging Defoe on his performances since Sunderland were all but relegated, that only paints half a picture, Defoe is a pure finisher something we do not have in our squad, he will always score goals and can create them himself from next to nothing, 80k a week without a transfer fee is less than we paid last season for Victor Moses who didn’t play all that often but was on big wages and a ยฃ3.5m loan fee. That is why I say it is a no brainer, he can be our Solskjaer we need a goal or two in teh second half of games bring him on he will have chances and when he does them he will make the keeper work most times unlike all of our current crop who frequently miss the target.

  • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

    Well warming the bench is one step closer to the pitch than warming the treatment table for 80k a week 66 ๐Ÿ˜

  • TRB says:

    On a free transfer, I’d give him a 2 year contact. West Ham have wasted a lot of money on too many inferior options compared to Jermain Defoe. Defoe looks after himself and will return next season with a renewed vigour for a new club. Hopefully ours.

    • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

      I make you right TRB,i would go along with that ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Hammer64 says:

    On a free & as backup- why not? This ‘the club has cooled’ business, what does that mean. If it means somebody was saying in Jan he was a good buy but because he has had a bit of a drought playing in a poor side he now isn’t then I am worried. I would never suggest our transfer policy is being dictated by Skysports headlines, but ….actually I think maybe I am.

  • CondorHammer says:

    It’s a ๐Ÿ‘ from me.
    Zaza cost (I think) ยฃ5mill in loan fees, for a third of a season, and no goals.
    Defoe will cost ยฃ8mill for 2 years. So a million more than we were willing to pay for him a few months ago, plus wages.
    He may well have slowed down a bit but I think he’s still good for 10 goals a year, which isn’t bad if you look at our recent strikers records.
    IMO, of courseโš’

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