Five strikers that prove West Ham don’t need to revive Defoe interest

It has been well-documented of late that West Ham United have been keen on bringing their former star Jermain Defoe back to the club from struggling Sunderland, but their interest, according to Sky Sports, has cooled of late.

The Hammers have struggled for goals this season. Other than man of the moment, Michail Antonio, who has eight to his name (mostly headers),┬áthe club’s second top scorers are both Manuel Lanzini and Dimitri Payet, who have a measly three apiece.

Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho, Andre Ayew, Simeone Zaza and Ashley Fletcher have a whopping five goals – yes that is right, FIVE – between them all season, which is a ‘poor return’… and that’s being polite! Defoe, meanwhile, has over double that total with eleven himself.

Sunderland themselves are struggling this season, too, however, and manager David Moyes is under no illusions as to how important his main striker is to him, firmly stating that Defoe “is not for sale“.

If the Black Cats were really to part ways with the man who almost single-handedly kept them up last year and looks like he could do the same again this time around, it would surely be goodnight Premier League and hello Championship.

West Ham have shown the recent past that their desperation for a striker can lead them on a merry dance, so there’s every chance that they will be making a late move to tempt Defoe back to London, but here are FIVE better options for them…