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4th Jan, 2017 | 2:23pm

Sky: West Ham table new striker bid, response is emphatic

By Dominic Toner

West Ham have had a bid rejected for Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe, according to a report.

Sky Sports report that the Hammers have seen a £6million bid rejected by Sunderland for the 34-year-old forward.

The Mirror claimed on Tuesday that West Ham had seen a £5million bid rebuffed for Defoe, but they believe he is keen on a move to the club and were preparing a second offer.

West Ham have been struggling this season in front of goal, with loan signing Simone Zaza and Jonathan Calleri failing to make an impact at the London Stadium.

Andy Carroll is regarded as the club’s top striker, but has been plagued by injuries during his career and has already spent time on the sidelines.

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Defoe has been performing in a struggling Sunderland side and has already scored 11 goals in 21 appearances this campaign.

The striker is regarded as the standout player at the Stadium of Light and his form is crucial to Sunderland’s hopes of survival in the Premier League.

Football Insider verdict:

Defoe is proving that he is still one of the most clinical finishers in the division and can trouble top-flight defences at the age of 34. The forward was the main reason behind Sunderland keeping their Premier League status last season as he scored 15 league goals. He is now on course to eclipse that record and has already struck 11 this term, proving that his performances are getting better if anything. West Ham need a proven goalscorer in their squad and Defoe knows the Premier League better than most. Slaven Bilic’s side have lacked a constant goal threat this season as Michail Antonio is their top scorer, but Defoe could play a big role in the second half of the season if they can sign him.

In other West Ham transfer news, the club are in the running to sign an available Premier League midfielder in January.