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Sunderland reject £6m bid for Jermain Defoe from West Ham United

• West Ham come back after first bid of £5m is rejected
• Striker has scored 11 goals in 21 games this season

Sunderland have turned down a £6m bid for Jermain Defoe from West Ham United and have reiterated that they have no intention of selling their leading scorer. It is the second offer from West Ham they have received since the transfer window opened – the opening salvo was £5m – and West Ham officials are understood to have encouraged David Moyes to name his price for the 34-year-old former England striker.

Unfortunately for Slaven Bilic, Sunderland’s manager described Defoe as priceless as recently as the week before Christmas and refused to countenance the idea of allowing his prize asset to return to the club he played for between 1999 and 2004.

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