West Ham ITK ExWHUemployee championed the idea of Manuel Pellegrini bringing Jermain Defoe to the London Stadium, when speaking during the West Ham Way podcast last night (Wednesday September 11th).
The 36-year-old joined Rangers on an 18 month loan deal in January of this year, and he has gone on to score 14 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions for the Gers.
And how West Ham could do with him now.
The Hammers sold Javier Hernandez to Sevilla on transfer deadline day, leaving just Sebastien Haller, Albian Ajeti and Xande Silva as Pellegrini’s only options up front.
West Ham do seem to be a little light in the attacking department.
And perhaps the former Tottenham, Portsmouth and Sunderland hitman might be a useful option for them next summer.
ExWHUemployee suggested that he would be happy to see Defoe at West Ham, when speaking during the West Ham Way podcast last night (Wednesday September 11th):
“I think, for example, if Defoe had been available to come to us on a free, I think I would have taken him because he would have had that motivation to almost correct his wrongs from his first spell at West Ham.”
Defoe’s loan deal with Rangers expires next summer. So he could be up for grabs for free at the end of this season.
There will be Hammers fans who will not forgive the 36-year-old, however. Defoe famously handed in a transfer request just days after West Ham were relegated in 2003.
A lot of time has passed between then and now, however. And the Hammers could do a lot worse than the Rangers hitman. He still has what it takes to produce at the highest level.
And signing him on a free next summer might just be a no-brainer for West Ham.