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Jermain Defoe plays down talk of a transfer from Sunderland to West Ham

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Sunderland's Jermain Defoe is ignoring transfer speculation but admits goalscorers will always be in demand in the Premier League

Jermain Defoe has shrugged off speculation linking him with a move away from Sunderland and says he is enjoying his football in the North East.

Sky sources understand West Ham are interested in re-signing the forward in the new year as they look to bolster their striking options following an injury to Diafra Sakho.

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Slaven Bilic on Thursday described Defoe - who scored 41 goals in 105 games for the Hammers between 1999 and 2004 - as a "very good player" but his manager at the Stadium of Light, David Moyes, said there is no price for which he would be willing to sell the player

"There's going to be speculation because, let's be honest, the people that score goals are wanted," Defoe told Sky Sports News HQ.

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"Over the years, anyone that has scored goals has been talked about in terms of moving to different clubs.

"I think it's just part and parcel. The players don't really get involved; you just get your head down and you play football.

"It's a good feeling to be wanted but when you're playing well and scoring goals then you must be enjoying being at the place you're at."

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Defoe turned 34 in October but is confident he can continue at the highest level for years to come and is happy for the fixtures to come thick and fast.

"I think it's changed now with the sports science and what we have now, you can play for as long as you want," he said.

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Will West Ham make bids for Defoe and Patrice Evra this January?

"I'd rather be in a league where you play a lot of games in a short space of time because if you're feeling sharp and scoring goals you just want to be playing.

"There is an issue of fatigue but if your recovery is right then you still go into games feeling fresh."

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