West Ham planning shock raid for Spurs striker Defoe

News of the World says Curbs want to bring in Defoe, who handed in a transfer request at Upton Park 24 hours after their relegation in 2003.

A club insider said: “Alan is aware of the fans’ bad blood towards Jermain but if they ask themselves will he improve the squad — the answer is ‘Yes’.”

“He is a top class striker who did not play regularly for Spurs last season and is desperate for first-team football.

“The European Championships are coming up and Jermain will know he needs to be banging in the goals to be given a proper chance with England.”