Should West Ham renew Defoe interest amid free transfer talk?

Sunderland's Jermain Defoe

The West Ham United target is reportedly close to joining Bournemouth from Sunderland on a free transfer.

Sunderland's Jermain DefoeSunderland's Jermain Defoe

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has been linked with a move to Premier League side Bournemouth, according to a report by The Guardian. The 34-year-old striker was the Black Cats top scorer this season with 15 goals.

Defoe, who started his career with West Ham United, joined the Cherries on loan for the 2000/2001 season, scoring 18 goals in 29 appearances.

Eddie Howe is clearly looking to roll back the years by bringing the Sunderland forward back to the coast, and a report in The Telegraph has suggested that Defoe could join the Cherries for free this summer. 

If Defoe is now available on a free, should West Ham United, who were linked with a move for the forward in January and have been linked again now with a move by Sky Sports, consider renewing their interest? 

The Hammers are in need of a new striker this summer, after perpetual injuries to Andy Carroll have blighted yet another campaign. After a disappointing season, bringing in a proven Premier League goalscorer would be a much-welcomed boost.

But will West Ham United make a move? A move to his first club may well be appealing to the striker, and Sky Sports pundit Tony Cottee has already suggested that the striker would "prefer" a move to the London Stadium.

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

Only time will tell how West Ham United choose to operate in this transfer window, but a centre-forward surely has to be at the top of any shopping list. The Hammers have struggled for goals all season, and many fans were disappointed the club didn't act in January.

However, is Jermain Defoe the answer? At 34-years-old, West Ham fans could be forgiven for thinking the club needs to be targeting younger talent, who can offer more years to the club.

The Hammers have recently been linked with a potential move for Chelsea's younger striker, Michy Batshuayi, according to a report by ESPN. The Belgian forward joined the Blues last summer from French side Marseille.

West Ham United manager Slaven BilicWest Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

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