West Ham Plan Controversial Move to Sign Tottenham Striker Jermain Defoe

White Hart Lane forward set for Upton Park return?

JERMAIN DEFOE is in line for a return to West Ham.

The Tottenham striker is fast becoming the hottest property of the summer – with a host of Premier League clubs keen to sign him.

Defoe rarely featured in the closing months of Harry Redknapp’s reign.

And new Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas hasn’t given the forward any assurances over his future.

Defoe, 29, is high on Allardyce’s shopping list – and has a proven record as a Premier League goalscorer.

The striker spent five years with the Hammers before moving to Spurs in 2004.

He is understood to be keen to stay in London, which would give the ­Hammers an edge in any talks.

SOURCE: Daily Star

This would be something of a surprise. West Ham fans will not have forgotten the manner in which Jermain Defoe left the Hammers to join Tottenham back in January 2004, having stated his intention to leave Upton Park the previous summer soon after the East London side were relegated from the Premier League.

The pint sized striker still gets a fair bit of abuse from West Ham supporters when he returns to his old stamping ground so to now hear that Sam Allardyce is interested in buying the forward is a little hard to believe.

That isn’t to say that the 29 year old couldn’t be of use to West Ham, indeed he could, just that a move back to West Ham would be something of a long shot.

Allardyce is looking to beef up his attack and has targeted a number of possible additions and the capture of Modibo Maiga from Sochaux will assist in this process.

Tottenham may well listen to offers for Jermain Defoe, but probably not before Andre Villas-Boas brings in further attacking signings of his own, as the White Hart Lane side are very short of options in attack and are still to complete a deal to sign Man City striker Emmanuel Adebayor on a permanent basis.

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