The Sun report that a move for Jermain Defoe is highly unlikely to be successful in January due to a relegation clause in his contract which would allow him to move for free in the summer. That would put off club bosses from making a substantial bid, which Sunderland are demanding, to sign him in January.
Whether or not the Hammers will still be keen on the move in the summer remains to be seen, but it is thought that there is a sense or urgency to the deal which may make it now or never.
Defoe may not be the only former player to return to the club as Slaven Bilic eyes up a move for Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson, say the Express. The right back is reportedly available on a permanent deal or on a loan move with a view to a permanent deal, with the Irons keen on bringing him to the London Stadium.
Jenkinson enjoyed two successful loan spells at Upton Park but has made just five appearances for the Gunners this season and may now seek an exit for regular first team football.
One man who is going nowhere just yet is summer signing Sofiane Feghouli, who has been dropped by Algeria after failing to start a Premier League game for the club this season. The free transfer signing will now remain at the club rather than traveling to the African Cup of Nations.
The 27-year-old’s presence will be welcomed by the club who could lose other players to the tournament, but more is expected from the winger after his disappointing displays have fueled critics in his opening few months at the club since joining in the summer.
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