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10th Jan, 2017 | 3:17pm

West Ham fans react angrily on Twitter as Gold delivers verdict on Defoe

By Emma Sanders

West Ham fans have reacted angrily on Twitter after David Gold posted a message questioning the sell-on value of Jermain Defoe.

The co-chairman was responding to a question from a fan on Twitter who asked whether Gold agreed with him that Defoe would be worth £15million.

Gold responded in controversial fashion as he appeared to question whether the club’s long-term business plan would be affected, as he suggested Defoe may not be worth that amount by the age of 36.

The Guardian reported on Wednesday that West Ham had two bids turned down for the striker but reports suggested the club could bounce back with an elevated offer.

However, Gold’s tweet suggests the Hammers will not opt to pursue Defoe because they are reluctant to spend big when there is a possibility his value will fall.

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Fans were not pleased to see Gold’s response and claimed the chairman was more interested in making money rather than on the success of the team.

Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:

Defoe has been excellent for Sunderland so far this season and has already netted 11 goals in 22 appearances but David Moyes has insisted the striker is not for sale.

West Ham have struggled to gain consistency in the Premier League throughout 2016-17 and many fans hope to see some new signings in January.

In other West Ham transfer news, Chelsea have named this player as a top target.