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5th Jan, 2017 | 7:59am

Goal expert wants West Ham move after infamous transfer request - report

By Harvey Byrne

Jermain Defoe wants a return to West Ham after handing in a transfer request 14 years ago, according to a report.

The Sun has quoted a source close to the 34-year-old stating that the Premier League goal machine wants to right the wrongs of his infamous departure from the east London side.

Defoe broke through the Hammers academy at the age of 18 before going onto score 29 goals in 94 encounters.

However, West Ham’s relegation in 2003 saw the former England international try and engineer a move out of the club.

He eventually moved to Tottenham in the 2004 winter window for £6million, with Bobby Zamora moving in the opposite direction.

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West Ham fans have still not forgiven their former striker for the ordeal, but a source has stated that Defoe still holds an attachment for the east London side.

“Jermain still feels terrible about the whole thing,” a source told the Sun. “He was badly advised at the time, when he was just a kid. He accepts that.

“He loves Sunderland and is doing his best for them and will continue to do so. But there is an emotional attachment to West Ham.

“If a deal is done and Jermain gets the chance to go back there and score the goals which make sure they stay up and move up the league it would help him heal some old wounds which still hurt him.”

Sky Sports reported on Wednesday that West Ham will now ask Sunderland to name their price for their top scorer after having a £6million bid rejected.

The striker has guaranteed goals wherever he’s gone and that has not stopped this season with an impressive return of 11 goals in 20 Premier League appearances.

It is now up to the Black Cats to decide if they want to let their star striker leave for a relegation rival.

Football Insider verdict:

Defoe would most definitely be a great signing for West Ham despite his previous issues with the club. Slaven Bilic’s men have seen a woeful return from their strikers this season and Defoe is a guaranteed upgrade on all of them. It is thought that the experienced striker could also form a solid partnership with towering striker Andy Carroll, similar to the one he formed with Peter Crouch at Tottenham. Defoe would no doubt help the Hammers steer clear of a shock relegation and move back into the top half of the Premier League table. Bilic must now go out and secure his signature.

In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers are strong favourites to sign this Premier League midfield goal machine.