Should West Ham consider re-signing Jermain Defoe to solve striker crisis?

West Ham are in search of a new striker - and Jermain Defoe reportedly wants a move back down south.

It's no secret that West Ham United need to sign a new striker - and soon. Injuries to Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia have let manager Slaven Bilic with few options in the final third, as Diafra Sakho and Mauro Zarate valiantly continue to lead the line.

A move for Mexican international Raul Jimenez has fallen through after he chose to join Benfica instead, leaing Bilic to renew his search for a new striker following Saturday's 2-1 home defeat to Leicester City.

With just over two weeks to go until the transfer deadline, Bilic needs to move quickly to find his new forward - and whilst a number of different names are being linked, should the Hammers consider a move for a former Upton Park favourite?

A report from the Daily Mirror on Saturday night suggested that Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe was seeking a transfer away from the Stadium of Light in a bid to return down south.

The 32-year-old started his career with West Ham, and hit 41 goals in 105 games for the club before moving on to Tottenham in January 2004, where Defoe became an England regular.

Now though, the veteran forward is reportedly keen to return down south after a tough spell with Sunderland, so should West Ham be considering a move to re-sign Defoe?

Defoe has certainly proven himself as a regular goalscorer in the Premier League over the years, but it's fair to say that he has lost some of the pace that made him so much of a threat on the shoulder of defences, whilst West Ham may be looking for a more physical hitman in the absence of Andy Carroll.

The move would give West Ham a proven striker and hand Defoe his return to the south of England, but Bilic should first look towards younger, more physical strikers before considering a move for a short-term answer like Defoe, whose best years appear to be behind him.

If West Ham's top targets can't be signed, they could certainly do worse than offer Defoe a return to Upton Park, over 11 years after he left the club to join London rivals Spurs.

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