West Ham’s Slaven Bilic still in hunt for Jermain Defoe despite rejected bid

• ‘Last season he was probably the main reason Sunderland stayed up’
• West Ham also expected to table £9m bid for Brentford’s Scott Hogan

Slaven Bilic remains in the hunt for Jermain Defoe after West Ham had an opening offer for their former player rejected by Sunderland.

The West Ham manager once again sang the praises of the 11-goal striker who started his career at the east London club, though Bilic refused to comment on reports the club will be making another bid for the 34-year-old. Bilic also confirmed that he has scouted Brentford’s striker Scott Hogan, but said that the Italian forward Simone Zaza’s “story at the club is over”.

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