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:
@BBCMOTD All about the player!
If he wants to move back to London then it will happen!
I personally think it won't!
— PDJWHUFC1980 (@Patrickj1976) December 27, 2016
"Jermain Defoe is old and a traitor. I don't want him at West Ham."
What a terrible opinion. The man's a goal scorer. Exactly what we need.
— West Ham Forum (@WestHam_Forum) December 23, 2016
he opened the door football manager style before he went Sunderland. Should have just done it then. This ain't happening
— Sean Raftery (@seanraf123) December 23, 2016
would love him back at West Ham!
— Mylan???????? (@mylantsj) December 22, 2016
rather we got sir @CarltonCole1 back
— Ryan (@RyanGodbold1) December 23, 2016
please be true. He will save our season
— Jon Hewitt ⚒ (@Jonhewitt1980) December 23, 2016
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.