Exclusive: Beijing Guoan approach for Jermain Defoe

Beijing Guoan want Defoe

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe is apparently the subject of a £30m bid from Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan. The England international has been in fine touch for the Black Cats this season, netting 11 goals in the Premier League.

Defoe, 34, has been attracting plenty of interest this month with West Ham United said to have failed with a £6m approach whilst Crystal Palace are planning an offer of their own in the transfer window.

The Black Cats hierarchy have been adamant that they would not be offloading Defoe despite their tight financial situation, but their resolve could be tested further with Guoan having tabled a £30m sum.

Guoan finished fifth last season behind the Chinese heavyweights, and they are now prepared to show their spending might with Defoe among others including Newcastle United’s Cheick Tiote and Galatasaray’s Lukas Podolski on their shortlist.

Ex-Spurs star Defoe was key to the Black Cats’ relegation fight last term, and David Moyes will be hoping that the club show their determination to keep hold of the veteran amid the riches from the Far East.

Defoe has netted nearly two-thirds of Sunderland’s league goals this season, and his commitment is crucial to the club’s fight to beat the drop at the end of the campaign.