'I'm totally focused on Sunderland' - Defoe insists West Ham interest was one way

ShareClose Comments
The 34-year-old was wanted by his former club West Ham in the January transfer window but was never tempted to return

Jermain Defoe insists his head was never turned by West Ham's January interest and is solely focused on helping Sunderland avoid relegation from the Premier League. 

Perez rules out Copa final at Bernabeu

The Black Cats are currently at the foot of the Premier League table having lost 15 of their 24 top-flight fixtures so far this term, though Defoe's 14 goals have given David Moyes' side hope of survival. 

Defoe was the centre of interest from his former club West Ham during the January window as Slaven Bilic looked to add strength to his attacking unit, though the 34-year-old insists he was not tempted to return to the capital.

"I'm totally focused on scoring goals [for Sunderland]," Defoe told talkSPORT. "I'm totally focused on helping this football club stay in the Premier League.

"For me, that's the best way to approach it so I'm not distracted. I'll just keep my head down and work hard."

Sunderland Crystal Palace Jermain Defoe

Defoe did admit, however, that the interest was flattering and that he was pleased that his goalscoring exploits were worthy of such praise.

De Gea tight-lipped on Madrid links

"Even with the speculation about West Ham, it's always nice when you're wanted. But the end of the day, I've been a part of this game for a long time and that's part and parcel of it now.

"It was easy for me to see it and just think, 'Okay, that's nice people want me, but I've got to be focused on Sunderland'."

Next article:
Beating 'Messi's Argentina' boosted France's World Cup belief – Lloris
Next article:
Fabinho: I'll try to convince Mbappe to join Liverpool
Next article:
What is Eleven Sports? How to live stream La Liga & Serie A in the UK
Next article:
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: PSG willing to sell Neymar to Real Madrid
Next article:
'What are you waiting for?' - Alisson reveals Salah texts that convinced him to join Liverpool

We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our privacy policy.

Show more Accept