By Wayne Veysey

4th Jan, 2017 | 2:28pm

Sky journalist delivers transfer update: West Ham will pay what it takes to get this deal done

By Harry Sykes

West Ham will pay what it takes to sign Jermain Defoe from Sunderland in the January window, according to a reliable journalist.

Sky Sports news reporter Kaveh Solkehol delivered an update on the Hammers’ pursuit of their former striker after tabling a reported £6million bid.

Solkehol claimed on his personal Twitter account that West Ham are ready to pull out all the stops to land the 34-year-old this month and refurbish an attack that has failed to fire this season.

The experienced correspondent reported that the Londoners are so keen to sign Defoe they have “told Sunderland to name their price” and “will pay what it takes to get [the] deal done”.

The update came shortly after Sky Sports reported that Sunderland had rejected a £6million bid from West Ham for the 55-times England international.

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West Ham’s strikers have had a miserable time in front of goal this season, with summer signings Ashley Fletcher, Simone Zaza and Jonathan Calleri failing to make an impact and senior duo Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho plagued by injuries.

By contrast, Defoe has been in superb fettle for a struggling Sunderland team and his two goals in Monday’s 2-2 draw against Liverpool increased his Premier League tally for the campaign to 11 goals from 20 appearances.

Defoe signed a new Sunderland contract last summer which ties him to the Stadium of Light until 2019.

Football Insider verdict:

It is easy to see why West Ham are hell bent on signing Defoe. He made have lost a little of the pace of his heyday but his movement, sense of timing and eye for goal remain as acute as ever. Indeed, it would not be far-fetched to say he is in the form of his life given the burden he is carrying almost single-handedly for a decidedly average Sunderland side. Defoe brings with him a cast-iron guarantee of goals. West Ham don’t have such a player, for all Michail Antonio’s sensational aerial abilities.

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