Sam Allardyce looking to make Defoe his first Crystal Palace signing

As reported by the Daily Mirror, new Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce is looking to put his own stamp on the side with a move for Sunderland goal-getter Jermain Defoe.

What’s the word?

We discussed last week that Jermain Defoe was wanted by West Ham United in order to boost their hopes of staying in the Premier League, but it seems they’re not the only London club seeking his services in January.

The Mirror reckon Crystal Palace are hoping to add him to their line-up once the window opens and are willing to pay up to £6m to land him, which is quite the fee for a 34-year old.

The striker has scored 8 goals this season already, showing he still has what it takes to find the net at the top level.

Would Sunderland sell?

As noted, Defoe is still banging in the goals in the North East despite Sunderland’s lowly position in the Premier League table.

The Black Cats are currently 18th and have amassed just 14 points with almost half the season already done.

Defoe’s importance to Sunderland is massive, they’ve only scored 16 Premier League goals this season and half of them have been scored by the striker. That’s a money-can’t-buy lifeline that could prove vital if they’re to stay in the division.

When recently asked about a potential Defoe move away from the Stadium of Light in January, Sunderland boss David Moyes said (quoted by The Mirror): “I don’t think there’s any transfer fee because we know that Jermain’s goals are so priceless to us. I wouldn’t even think about where we’d be without him. His stats for 2016 show he’s been brilliant.”

That sounds like the Sunderland boss will be doing everything in his power this January to keep hold of his striker, but will a return to London prove too tempting for Defoe?