Jermain Defoe latest: West Ham reportedly 'give up' on Sunderland striker as club hold firm

Defoe is the subject of fierce speculation
Defoe is the subject of fierce speculation
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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.