English Premiership

Big Sam keen to hold on to Defoe

2016-01-08 12:30
Jermain Defoe (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe will not be sold during the January transfer window unless the club receive an exceptional offer, manager Sam Allardyce has said, while announcing his intention to keep deploying the 33-year-old as a lone striker.

Allardyce appeared unconvinced by Defoe when he took over from Dick Advocaat in October, saying the striker needed to improve his all-round contribution to the team, but seems to have been won over by a series of encouraging displays.

"We haven't had any bids for Jermain and I suppose if there had been a bid for him, I would have turned it down," Allardyce told reporters at his pre-match news conference ahead of Saturday's FA Cup third round tie against Arsenal.

"Unless it had been that big a bid that the owner told me we couldn't afford to turn it down. Every club has that scenario but we haven't had a bid for Jermain and we don't want to sell him."

Defoe has found the back of the net nine times this season in all competitions for Sunderland, and grabbed a brace against Aston Villa on Saturday to hand his relegation-threatened side a much needed three points.

The Black Cats are 19th in the table on 15 points from 20 games.

Speaking on Thursday, Allardyce said Defoe's performance had convinced him the forward could lead the line for Sunderland on his own.

"There's always been a belief that maybe he can't play up front on his own but he's played on his own a couple of times for me now and I'm more than willing to continue down that line," Allardyce said.

"If he can continue being as good, and as clinical as he was last weekend, then long may it last."

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