Date: 27th December 2016 at 12:21pm
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By Emma Sanders

West Ham fans reacted with mixed emotions on Twitter amid transfer speculation over a possible January move for Jermain Defoe.

The Sunderland striker has been in great form for the Black Cats this season and he has emerged as a top target for Slaven Bilic.

According to the Sun, Bilic may opt to sign a recognised British striker and Defoe is top of his shopping list for the January window.

Injuries to Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho and Andre Ayew have caused problems for the Hammers this season and they have struggled to recreate the form they produced during the 2015-16 season.

Defoe has already scored eight goals in 18 Premier League appearances this season and has been one of Sunderland’s best players so it would be a major blow for the Black Cats.

Hammers fans know that he possesses the qualities they need, but some are finding it hard to get over his move from West Ham to Tottenham.

Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/Joel_Boon/status/813543674973999111

https://twitter.com/Wi11IamNot/status/813544122514571264

The former England international spent five years at West Ham between 1999 and 2004 where he made a name for himself but switched allegiances to join Tottenham for £7 million.

In other West Ham news, David Sullivan has responded to talks of a takeover.