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Sunderland's 'priceless' Defoe crucial to survival quest, insists Moyes

By Michael Walker

David Moyes has described Jermain Defoe as "priceless" amid rumours of West Ham making a January bid for the Sunderland striker.

West Ham are said to be willing to spend £6m on the 34-year-old, though as Moyes - who makes his first return to Manchester United today since being sacked in 2014 - said: "He trains like he's much younger."

With eight goals in a Sunderland team that has only managed 15 in the Premier League this season, tee-total Defoe is 34 going on 24 and Moyes said of any bid: "No, it wouldn't be considered. I don't think there's any price because we know that Jermain's goals are so valuable to us. He's priceless.

"I wouldn't even think about it. He needs managing because he's a senior professional and needs treating right.

"I'm not saying we're getting the best out of him, because he's had a great career and he's scored a lot of goals, but nobody can turn around and say they can see a demise in him. You can only see someone who will keep going."

Of Sunderland's lack of goalscorers, Moyes said: "I'll be asking them all to get a couple in their Christmas stockings."

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