Jermaine Defoe will reportedly demand wages of £100,000-a-week and a signing-on fee of £6million to leave Sunderland this summer.
West Brom boss Tony Pulis has previously confirmed Albion’s interest in the striker, although West Ham and Bournemouth lead the chase for the 34-year-old who is set to leave the Stadium of Light this summer as a result of a relegation release clause in his contract allowing him to leave on a depart on a free transfer.
According to the Evening Standard, Defoe is keen to remain in the Premier League after Sunderland failed to stay up.
But the England forward, who scored 15 goals this season, is seeking to capitalise on his status as a free agent by demanding increased wages and a bonus for signing on the dotted line.
Earlier this month, Pulis pointed out that while Defoe will not command a transfer fee, the cost of bringing him to the Hawthorns would be subtantial.
“When you say he’s a free agent, effectively he’s a free agent, but that still brings an enormous cost to whichever club takes Jermain,” Pulis said.
“We’ve got our fingers in the pie on quite a few players and we’ll see how we go on those players.
“If Jermain’s one of them, we’ll be pushing on that one if we can.”
Source : BirminghamMail