Defoe appears to be even more out of favour with Tim Sherwood as he was with Andre Villas-Boas and so a January switch would be an option for him.
Defoe came through the ranks at Upton Park but infuriated Hammers fans when he handed in a transfer request the day after the club was relegated from the Premier League back in 2003 at the age of 21.
Now 31 years old, Defoe has scored one Premier League goal in 2013 and is struggling to hold onto his spot in the England squad, but Cottee is hoping the Hammers can bring him ‘home’.
“We all know where West Ham’s problems lie this season, and that’s their inability to score goals,” Cottee said.
“But I think everyone has got to be patient. It’s been difficult for Sam Allardyce, purely because the focal point of the team is Andy Carroll, and they haven’t had him.
“But it’ll be difficult, because the January window isn’t a window where you can get who you want, you can only get who is available.
“Personally I’d love to see Jermain Defoe come back to West Ham, I know he would score the goals and he’d keep us in the Premier League.”