Allardyce refuses to rule out West Ham return for Tottenham’s Defoe

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce declined to say if he is interested in signing Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe, the Daily Mail has reported.

The newspaper claims Hammers fans would be divided over a return to Upton Park for Defoe, who began his senior career at the club but asked to leave only hours after West Ham were relegated from the Premier League in 2003. He eventually joined Tottenham later the following season.

Allardyce was asked if Defoe, who has been out of favour for Spurs’ Premier League fixtures, is a player he would consider signing to help ease the team’s goal scoring problems, but the former Blackburn Rovers boss deflected the question, insisting he was wary of being cited by the Football Association for making an illegal approach to a player.

I can’t really comment on that…don’t forget if I comment on having an interest in a player that can be deemed as an approach and they could bring me up on an FA charge,” Allardyce said.

Many a manager has been brought up on that over the years,” he continued. “I was flabbergasted when that first charge was made, against David O’Leary, if I remember rightly, saying ‘if that player’s available I would like to sign him’.

I don’t want an FA charge,” Allardyce repeated. “They have already had some of my money which they shouldn’t have had – they are not having any more.

Defoe, 31, became Tottenham’s all-time record goal scorer in Europe during the Lilywhites’ 2-1 win over Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday in the Europa League, converting a penalty to surpass the record previously held by Martin Chivers.

West Ham, meanwhile, have scored only eight goals in their eight league games this season, and currently sit in 15th place. Three of their goals, however, came in a 3-0 win at White Hart Lane.

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