Sky Sports pundit Tony Cottee as said that Sunderland ace Jermain Defoe would prefer a move to West Ham.
With the Black Cats relegated from the Premier League, the 34-year-old is expected to leave the club on a free transfer at the end of the season as he looks to extend his stay in the English top flight.
It is understood that the Hammers are interested in bringing the veteran Defoe to the London Stadium, though they will have to compete with fellow Premier League club Bournemouth, who are also interested.
Cottee said of the Defoe transfer speculation, “Bournemouth will be in for him and many other clubs, but I think his preferred option would be West Ham.”
Defoe joined West Ham from Charlton as a 16-year-old in 1999. During his time with the Hammers, he scored 41 goals from 105 matches before making a move to Tottenham in 2004.