West Ham desperately need a new striker this month. It won’t be Jermain Defoe.
The first sniff of a story for Sunderland this winter always looked like having Defoe at the epicentre.
West Ham have struggled to hit the lofty heights they managed last year in their new home, and their struggles in front of goal haven’t gone unnoticed.
Only Michail Antonio (8) and Manuel Lanzini (3) have managed more than two league goals all season.
Last season’s revelation, Dimitri Payet, has struggled on his return, and Sam Allardyce’s summer target Diafra Sakho has scored just once.
Their shortcomings in front of goal mirror that of Sunderland, where Jermain Defoe’s 11 goals so far this season have kept us in the relegation race.
On paper, £6million for a 34-year-old isn’t the worst offer in the world, especially one signed in a swap deal for Jozy Altidore.
Yet when that 34-year-old is seventh in the all-time Premier League scorers list with over 150 goals, and has been almost the sole reason Sunderland have survived in the past two years, then the offer just becomes insulting.
The latest suggestion on the matter is that West Ham are desperate to buy Defoe, whatever Sunderland’s price.
Given Moyes’ insistence only a matter of weeks ago that Defoe would not be sold this window, to lose our frontman now would be catastrophic.
In a team so devoid of goals, Defoe has become more treasure than he could have dreamed in these parts.
Sunderland’s financial struggles and the expected lack, if any, of new faces this window shouldn’t be enough to sway the powers that be.
Losing Defoe would, without doubt, seal Sunderland’s fate and position in the Championship for next year.
TV’s mega money from survival would go with it too, and Ellis Short will know it just as much as David Moyes and Martin Bain.
If they’re truly desperate to sign Defoe, West Ham need to offer a great deal more than £6million, but if they do then this could be one of the most nervous windows of them all.