West Ham United have given up on their pursuit of Jermain Defoe, according to the Telegraph.
Sunderland have held firm on their stance that the 34-year-old striker is not for sale, and have been undeterred by the Hammers pursuit.
It remains to be seen whether West Ham revisit their interest later in the January window; Slaven Bilic praised the striker's creativity and finishing ability only yesterday.
The Hammers have somewhat rowed back on their transfer plans after co-chairman David Sullivan denied interest in Celtic's Moussa Dembele, telling the Telegraph: "We have not bid for this player and he’s not a target of ours.”
Yesterday, a gossip column appeared on the club's official website hinting at bids for Dembele, Defoe and Scott Hogan.
David Moyes is likely to repeat Sunderland's stance at a press conference this afternoon.