Following on from our report earlier in the week regarding West Ham’s interest in Sunderland’s current top goal scorer, Jermain Defoe, Sunderland’s manager David Moyles has gone on record as stating he is ‘not for sale. West Ham made a bid and we rejected it’. Defoe, who signed a one-year extension earlier this year that will keep him at the Stadium of Light until 2019, was subject to a £6 million bid on Wednesday, along with speculation West Ham were willing to possibly double that if needed.
Speculation is growing regarding the future of Manchester United players Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay. Both have struggled to make an impact in Jose Mourinho’s team this season and are said to be attracting the attention of Everton Boss Ronald Koeman. Although United are believed to have already turned down a bid for Scneiderlin, Mourinho has insisted that both are available, but only if the right offer is made. Both players are unlikely to feature in tomorrow’s third round FA Cup game against Reading.
Another player has announced he’s off to China, as Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel has joined Tianjin TEDA in the Chinese Super League. After confirming his departure via social media, he leaves having made over 370 appearances for the club over the last 10 years. Mikel joined Chelsea from Norwegian team Lyn in 2006, but after winning 11 trophies, including the Champions League, four FA Cups and 2 Premierships, the Nigerian international has failed to appear once this season under current boss Antonio Conte. In moving to China, Mikel follows fellow Chelsea player, Oscar, who has signed for Shanghai SIPG just before Christmas.