West Ham are making no secret of their desperation for a new striker.
The club knew they were inviting ridicule by sending letters to several of the Premier League’s top clubs asking for players on loan, such is their concern about their place in the table.
However, they now risk alienating the fans even further by bringing hate figure Jermain Defoe back to east London in a £6million deal.
That’s according to the Sun, who claim that Sunderland could be willing to let the 34-year-old go in order to get his wages off their under pressure payroll.
Defoe is hugely unpopular at West Ham having left for rivals Tottenham upon relegation, and he has received a hostile reception whenever he has faced them since.
Co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan could be willing to take a chance on him, however, with Andy Carroll scoring just one league goal all season.
Slaven Bilic has no time for niceties in their current situation, and Defoe is nothing if not a goalscorer.