By Matt Farr

Ex-manager Alan Curbishley admits he has his doubts as to whether reported target Jermain Defoe is the right solution to the club’s goalscoring woes.

The 34-year-old striker has scored 15 goals from 37appearances for Sunderland this season as they were relegated from the Premier League, and looks set to quit the Stadium of Light this summer.

Defoe has a clause in his contract that allows him to leave the club for nothing following their relegation, and a number of sides are understood to be keen.

The Standard claim that the England international is still wanted by West Ham, with the London club have failed with multiple bids to sign him during the January transfer window.

But former West Ham chief Curbishley does not believe Defoe is the right option for the club this summer, as his advancing years means he is not a long-term solution.

He told the Premier League Daily Show on Sky Sports on Friday: “”I think experienced players like that can have a real effect on the squad, their attitude. I think the other players will look at them and realise they’ve been so successful.

“I am looking at West Ham at the moment, they do need reinforcements in the right-back area especially. So I can see that one happening. I’m not quite sure perhaps about Jermain Defoe.

“I think that Andy Carroll with his injury problems is a big problem for West Ham. They’ve not really got that focal point as a centre-forward when he’s out injured. Perhaps they may be looking in that area but perhaps someone for long-term more than a short-term deal.”

Defoe’s impressive goalscoring record in the top flight throughout his career does suggest, however, that he can still perform at the highest level, contrary to Curbishley’s beliefs.

But Curbishley is correct to suggest that West Ham need a new focal point to their attack, and West Ham must enter the market for a new goalscorer this summer.

Carroll and Diafra Sakho have both been regular injury concerns, with Sakho having featured just four times in all competitions this season.

Meanwhile, summer signing Jonathan Calleri has struggled to fulfil expectation, scoring just once from his 18 Premier League appearance.

In other West Ham transfer news, the club are leading the race for this £15million-rated Leeds sensation.

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