Report explains how West Ham squad feel about possible Defoe return; club put off by demands

Sunderland's Jermain Defoe in action

Jermain Defoe can leave Sunderland this summer, and Crystal Palace and West Ham United are being linked with him.

Sunderland's Jermain Defoe in actionSunderland's Jermain Defoe in action

According to The Mirror, West Ham United aren't keen on meeting Jermain Defoe's financial demands, but the club's players are interested in him re-joining the club.

Defoe, 34, has continued to show that he can score goals regularly despite his advancing years, hitting 15 goals in 37 Premier League appearances this season.

The former Tottenham striker hasn't shown any signs of slowing down, and even earned an England recall earlier this season, scoring against Lithuania at Wembley.

However, with Sunderland now relegated to the Championship, a clause in Defoe's contract allows him to move on for free this summer, with three Premier League clubs in the running.

The Mirror claim that Bournemouth are talking over a £115,000-a-week deal for Defoe, whilst Crystal Palace are hoping to reunite him with his former Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce.

Sunderland's Jermain Defoe looks dejectedSunderland's Jermain Defoe looks dejected

West Ham United, the club where Defoe made his name with 41 goals in 105 games, have been heavily linked, but it's stated that the Hammers aren't keen on meeting his demands of over £100,000-a-week in wages and a £6million signing-on fee.

The report does though claim that Hammers boss Slaven Bilic has asked his players how they would feel about Defoe returning to the club, and he has been given a mostly positive response.

West Ham United manager Slaven BilicWest Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

Defoe not only left the Hammers to join London rivals Spurs in 2004, but handed in a transfer request to leave the club just a day after their relegation from the Premier League in 2003.

That, unsurprisingly, left a sour taste in the mouth of Hammers fans, and Bilic will have consulted captain and long-serving midfielder Mark Noble before making such a move.

Yet, with West Ham seemingly unsure about the money they would be paying to a 34-year-old striker, we could yet see Defoe move on to Palace, Bournemouth or even elsewhere as the chase for his signature hots up.

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