By Dominic Toner
West Ham are interested in a summer move for Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe, according to a report.
The Sun claim that the Hammers are prepared to move for the 34-year-old in the summer, despite failing with their attempts to sign him in January.
It is understood that West Ham are hoping they can get the England international on a remarkable free transfer.
The report details that Sunderland will let the striker go for free if they are relegated to the Championship this season.
West Ham would certainly be getting a cut-price deal for Defoe if they signed and are keen on signing him despite his high wages.
Defoe has been in sensational form for relegation threatened Sunderland this season and has been their standout player.
The forward has scored 14 goals in just 31 appearances this campaign and been rewarded with a recall to the national side by Gareth Southgate.
He has enjoyed a long career in the Premier League and racked up 459 appearances during spells with Sunderland, Tottenham, Portsmouth and West Ham.
However, he is showing no signs of slowing down and Slaven Bilic may have the experienced campaigner to choose from next season.
Football Insider verdict:
West Ham certainly need to add some extra forwards to their squad in the summer as the injury-prone Andy Carroll can’t be relied upon to be the main source of goals throughout the season. Their summers signings have failed to bring a massive goal threat to the side and Bilic will be keen to add players with Premier League experience. Defoe certainly fits the bill and has been a consistent performer in the top-flight for many years. The forward would certainly score 10+ goals next campaign for the Hammers and would be a great asset, especially if they can capture him on a free transfer. However, they should be looking also for a younger player that can be the long-term solution at the London Stadium.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club are prepared to reignite a move for a Premier League playmaker.