Slav’s sights are set on striker

jermain-defoe-STR_1510278cWest Ham are being pushed into making a move for Jermain Defoe by manager Slaven Bilic who fancies the former Iron in a big way.

But if the club are to land the Sunderland striker it is unlikely to be until the last hours of the transfer window as the Black Cats dice with their desperate relegation battle.

Beaten 4-1 by Burnley at Turf Moor today, the club are third off bottom and if they are to escape the drop it looks certain it will be Defoe who leads them to safety.

They have home games games coming up against Liverpool and Stoke City and an away fixture at West Brom apart from a third round FA Cup Tie against Burnley.

And should they still be in trouble at the end of the month with a want away Defoe on their hands a move could be on.

We were told by a Hammers insider this evening: “Slaven is keen on Jermain Defoe but it looks a hard call to get him out although he will not give up on it until it proves entirely impossible.

“We all know what can happen when agents get involved but you have to ask whether we would sell him were for example we in the same position as them!”


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11 comments on “Slav’s sights are set on striker

  1. If a player wants out of a club they frequently win the battle no matter how much the club want to keep him.

  2. Maybe now would be a good time for his agent to advise him to hand in a transfer request… It’s been done before……

  3. The ‘ I need to move back to London for personal reasons’ transfer request could be a winner ..

  4. All three posters are correct. Players use them tactics when they wanna leave us

  5. We are still a long way from being safe . There would a high level of expectation if we should sign Defoe . I don’t think we need him . We need to sort out our game . Leicester were there for the taking and we missed our chance . We even let them score . If we can’t beat a weak Leicester side then our game is just not good enough .
    Bilic has said ( in effect ) that sacking manages after a bad run is not good for clubs . Why would he say that ?? .
    Palace & Leicester look good bets to finish above us .

  6. I cant keep up with your comments Kevin.Sorry old son but you posted a few days ago we could try to push on for a European place.One defeat & you are now talking of managerial sackings & Palace finishing above us.
    You leave me really befuddled with your comments.

    • I’ll answer that one for you Colin! Kevin’s favourite iconic messiah is at Palace now and whatever he touches turns to gold according to his number one fan 🙂

      • Ah ok.It makes sense now.I was struggling to work out why Palace was even mentioned or why they are going to finish above us.
        I see no way they will finish above us or indeed why Allardyce is held in such high regard by Kevin.I think he needs to move on.

        • Also a couple of days ago Kevin said he would welcome Defoes signing.Today a totally 180° from him.All very curious

  7. Can we have a C&H Poll please Hugh or Sean.
    How Many Times Do You Think Kev Will Mention Palace or Allardyce In 2017

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