Jermain Defoe’s relegation free transfer release clause at Sunderland, would never have been inserted had David Moyes been manager at the time, according to the now-ruined boss. However, what Moyes clearly fails to realise, is that the Black Cats never would’ve had a chance of signing the former Toronto striker, had the clause not been inserted.
As expected, the Mackems are now playing Championship football for the 2017/18 season, and Defoe is a free agent, who clearly still has a lot to offer a Premier League side, based on the fact he managed to tally double figures during this campaign, with the likes of Jack Rodwell and Lee Cattermole behind him.
At 34, Defoe has had a very successful and respectable career, from World Cups to Champions League football; perhaps a goalscoring record that is worthy of a few more trophies, but financially, football has served him very well.
The England international deserves to be recognised alongside the Premier League’s greatest ever strikers, and is certainly worthy of being mentioned alongside England’s finest of the likes of Andy Cole, Les Ferdinand and Dion Dublin – not quite Alan Shearer levels, though. However, the one thing Defoe has never been able to shake, is the way in which he left West Ham.
Fans nowadays, more so than ever, due to how sidelined they’re becoming in the beautiful game, value loyalty over almost anything. And the exit at the Hammers, handing in a transfer request, a day after the Irons were relegated, has left a sour taste:
Yes, absolutely. I did something wrong, I hold my hands up about it and take responsibility. I was a young lad back then and didn’t really understand what was going on. When we got relegated, my agent, who was also inexperienced at the time, said, “You need to hand in a transfer request as everybody else is going to leave.” I was young and naive, and all I was really thinking about was wanting to play football.
Would I do the same thing now? No way. I would never hand in a transfer request and I would never advise a young lad to do it, either.
Defoe speaking to FourFourTwo about the West Ham exit
Now, at the end of his career, one final Premier League hoorah is on the cards, a chance to bow out at the top level, for a player who just loves scoring goals and can play a significant part in any of the top flight sides – Defoe would’ve done well at Chelsea this year.
But the former Tottenham Hotspur striker has clearly not learnt, with the Evening Standard reporting that the striker is demanding £100,000-week and a £6million signing on fee.
Jermain Defoe: mercenary first, footballer second.