West Ham are preparing to launch a move which could see Jermain Defoe return to the club where he initially came through the youth ranks in 1999, say the Sun. The club are ready to make a £6 million offer to Sunderland for their star man to persuade him to return to London.
The former England international has been in superb form for the Black Cats since his return to the Premier League a year ago and may be tempted to return to his roots, with the Hammers keen to add proven Premier League quality after a number of disappointing signings in the summer.
However, the Telegraph report that the club may instead opt to make loan moves for either Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford with both Manchester United strikers growing unhappy with the lack of first team football given to them by Jose Mourinho.
The moves would undoubtedly be ambitious may if the Irons can persuade Mourinho that first team football would help either player, they may be able to pull it off with a bit of luck to boost their front line in January.
Despite this, Slaven Bilic has spoken to the press to make it clear that there would be no panic spending by the club in the transfer window as he wrote in the Evening Standard:
“We will hopefully do some business in January – not too much but maybe enough to strengthen two or three positions… There could also be one or two going out but let’s wait and see. What would also be perfect is that the incoming players already have experience of the Premier League – and are match fit. Is it easy to find them? No. Are we trying? Yes. If we can’t find the players who are going to help us, we will stick together and keep working hard.”
The club seem to have turned a corner on the pitch and are now three games unbeaten, but a number of strong additions would be a massive boost in their fight for survival.
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