Sky Sports report that West Ham have given up in their pursuit of Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe, having had a bid worth £6 million turned down by the Black Cats who have since refused to budge in negotiations as they are determined to keep hold of their top scorer to aid their relegation fight.
Slaven Bilic will now be forced to look elsewhere for a forward to bolster his front line after the exit of Simone Zaza, with a wide range of different names linked to the club in recent weeks ahead of what is going to be a busy month for the club.
However, the club’s hopes may have been bolstered as Bleacher Report claim that unwanted Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi, who turned the Irons down in the summer in favour of a move to the Blues, would prefer to join West Ham on loan instead of struggling Swansea City.
He has been linked with the Swans in a swap deal for Fernando Llorente, but a loan move to the London Stadium is the Belgian’s preferred option as he seeks game time having not started a Premier League game since making the move from France to London in the summer.
He could replace Jonathan Calleri, another summer loan signing who is set to depart the club. The Mirror claim that having failed to even make the bench for the past nine games, the Argentinean will now head to Spanish side Las Palmas on loan with a view to a £4 million permanent move in the summer.
Hailed by some fans as the worst striker in the club’s history, Calleri missed several easy chances in his early opportunities in the team but has not featured since October and struggled to make much of an impression for the under 23s either so his exit will come as no surprise.
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