Few England fans would argue that Jermain Defoe didn’t deserve his recall.
The 34-year-old has scored 14 goals this season, which is even more of an achievement when you consider the way rock-bottom Sunderland have been playing.
There’s no way he’s going to be plying his trade in the Championship, especially as he’ll have one eye on next year’s World Cup.
It’s not a question of whether he’ll leave the Black Cats, but where he’ll go.
The Sun may have gone some way to answering that question, claiming that West Ham are confident of bringing him back to east London.
The former Spurs man is a hate figure among Hammers fans having not only left Upton Park for their rivals, but putting in a transfer request on the day they were relegated in 2003.
However, he could now rectify that by re-joining at a time when the club are desperately short of strikers.
They could even get him for free, as it seems to be part of his terms that he can leave on a Bosman if Sunderland are relegated.