Details Of Crystal Palace & West Ham’s Contract Offers To Jermain Defoe

1 Posted by - May 19, 2017 - News

Crystal Palace are hoping Big Sam’s presence is enough to sway Jermain Defoe into agreeing a move to Selhurst Park after the Eagles entered a bidding war for the Sunderland striker earlier this week. 

This report offers details of the respective offers from Palace, Bournemouth & West Ham for Defoe. It’s a proper battle.

The former Spurs man was the subject of intense interest from Palace during the Janauary transfer window but given Sunderland’s desperation to stave off relegation, they turned us away, despite the fact that they’ll now be forced to see him leave the North East for nothing this summer. 

Having already worked with the prolific frontman whilst in charge of the Black Cats, Big Sam is no doubt salivating at the prospect of Defoe being thrown into a squad that already includes the likes of Zaha, Townsend and Benteke, regardless of Jermain’s advancing years. Indeed, many wrote the striker off as soon as he made the switch to the MLS, only for him to come back and leave his numerous doubters with egg on their faces when pulling up trees for Sunderland. 

Of course, both Bournemouth and West Ham have the added bonus of a previous association with Defoe but after securing a club record fifth successive season in the top flight with victory over Hull City last weekend, it’s fair to say that Crystal Palace are going places under the guidance of Steve Parish and Sam Allardyce. Plenty will automatically assume we have little to no chance of landing him but I wouldn’t be so sure just yet. 

With Wilfried Zaha all set to sign a bumper new five-year contract on a rumoured weekly wage of £110,000 and a possible £30 million permanent deal for Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho in the offing, we are yet to get any concrete estimations of Palace’s overall transfer budget this summer but I would imagine the club would be able to accomodate Defoe’s demands, given the absence of a transfer fee.

Do you feel Defoe would be a worthwhile move for us or should we be focussing our attention elsewhere? 

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  • Richard C May 19, 2017 - 7:57 am Reply

    Would be a great signing for us and if Wickham can get fit and stay fit then with Benteke as well, the forward positions are mostly covered. I would bring back the best of our on loan strikers to make up the fourth spot, sell Campbell and spend money elsewhere.

    • admin May 19, 2017 - 8:27 am Reply

      I agree with all of that other than selling Campbell, Richard. He’s out of contract this summer, so will be leaving for free.

  • Paul May 19, 2017 - 1:07 pm Reply

    I think Benteke and Defoe would make a great team up front, if played together.

    • admin May 19, 2017 - 1:30 pm Reply

      I completely agree, Paul. It would be like having Gayle back with true pedigree.

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