Jermain Defoe is already attracting interest from clubs ready to snap him up this summer as he looks set to leave Sunderland, our Football Insider Graeme Bailey understands.
The 34-year-old has been in great form since joining Sunderland at the start of 2015 when he spent six-months in Major League Soccer with Toronto.
Defoe’s renaissance was complete this month when his form saw him recalled to the England squad by Gareth Southgate.
However, with Sunderland’s battle for Premier League survival looking like a losing one – Defoe’s future looks likely to lie away from Wearside.
Defoe has two-more years on his contract, but our Football Insider Graeme Bailey understands there is an agreement between the player and Sunderland – which will mean they do not stand in his way if they are relegated.
Bailey understands that West Ham and Crystal Palace are ready to compete for his signature.
“Sunderland will not stand in Defoe’s way if they are relegated, indeed I am told that even if they once again pull of the Hudini act and stay up – he still be on his way,” Bailey told TheGamblingTimes.com.
“The fact Defoe is now back in the England squad, has given the player real hope that he can make the World Cup squad next summer.
“A move back to London looks likely. His former club West Ham – who tried to buy him in January – are ready to pounce but Big Sam Allardyce remains a huge fan of the player and Crystal Palace could be a real option too.”
— Jermain Defoe (@IAmJermainDefoe) March 20, 2017
We spoke to BetVictor’s head of ante post Football Michael Triffit about the market on Defoe.
“With Sunderland odds on to be playing Championship football next term, it will also mean the probable loss of star striker Jermain Defoe who will no doubt have many admirers,” he told TheGamblingTimes.com.
“A return to London with West Ham is 5/2 favourite with another big smoke outfit Crystal Palace 6/1. Sandwiched between them at 4/1 are big spending and ambitious Championship outfit Brighton who, if gaining promotion to the Premier League, will be looking for a marquee signing.
“If the player wishes to stay in the North East Newcastle may well be interested and are 8/1 along with another former club Bournemouth who would undoubtedly welcome him back with open arms. A very intriguing market which may turn out to be one of the most high profile of the summer.”