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30th Mar, 2017 | 12:48pm

Harry Redknapp: West Ham should sign this bargain attacker, could be a hero

By Will Butcher

Harry Redknapp has urged former side West Ham to re-sign Sunderland goal machine Jermain Defoe in the summer.

The Mail claim that the 34-year-old striker can leave Sunderland on a free transfer in the summer, if David Moyes’ side are relegated from the Premier League this season.

Former Hammers boss Redknapp told Alan Brazil’s talkSPORT Breakfast show that England international Defoe could become a hero if he rejoins Slaven Bilic’s side.

“He got pelters when he left there by the fans but he was only a kid,” Redknapp said, as quoted by Brazil’s personal Twitter account. “They got relegated and I think he wanted to play Premier League football.

“He was badly advised with the timing of the transfer request but he started out there and I’d love to see him go back there and have a couple of great years and score goals.

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“He could be a hero there again.”

Defoe left West Ham to join Tottenham just over 13 years ago, after scoring 41 goals in five years with the east London outfit between 1999 and 2004.

The veteran striker has rolled back the years this season, remaining one of the league’s most prolific scorers with 14 goals for Sunderland who remain rock bottom of England’s top flight.

His form even saw him earn his first England call-up since November 2013, as he struck England’s first in a 2-0 win over Lithuania during this month’s international break.

The Sun claimed earlier this month that the Hammers are interested in bringing Defoe back to West Ham, after failing in their attempts to bring him to the London Stadium in January.

A claret and blue return for Defoe would finally end Bilic’s striker woes, who have suffered with injuries in the final third to Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho throughout the season.

In other West Ham transfer news, the club are prepared to reignite a move for a Premier League playmaker.

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