Sunderland’s relegation was expected long before it became official and as such the discussion surrounding the future of Jermain Defoe has been going on since January. It is clear the veteran striker has an embedded release clause in his contract on Wearside which becomes active upon the club’s relegation from the Premier League. This clause 

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Jermain Defoe has a list of would-be suitors lining up for his signature in the summer. Defoe will leave Sunderland when, not if, they are relegated – it look irreversibly bleak for David Moyes’ Black Cats. Among the interested parties are Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United.   Prime target According to the Sun, the Magpies will 

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West Ham are preparing to launch a bid to acquire the services of Jermain Defoe from Sunderland. Defoe started his career at West Ham and it is believed Slaven Bilic will offer Sunderland £6 million for the in-form striker. Bilic is desperate for reinforcements up-front as his side continue to falter; flops Simone Zaza and 

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Roy Hodgson’s 26 man preliminary squad for Euro 2016 included five strikers with Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and most surprisingly Marcus Rashford preferred to Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe. Unquestionably, Defoe had an outstanding season with the 33 year old netting 15 goals and playing the pivotal role in his side’s ultimate survival 

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