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Defoe could leave Sunderland for nothing

Press Association logoPress Association 29/03/2017 Damian Spellman

England international striker Jermain Defoe could leave Sunderland for nothing at the end of the season, if the club do not retain their Premier League status.

Sources on Wearside have confirmed to Press Association Sport the existence of a clause in the contract extension the 34-year-old striker signed last June ,which would allow him to depart for no fee in the event of relegation.

The chances of Defoe, whose current deal runs until 2019, remaining at the Stadium of Light should the club drop into the Championship are remote anyway.

That is despite the sterling service he has given Sunderland since arriving from Toronto in a swap deal with United States international Jozy Altidore in January 2015.

Defoe was the subject of a rejected PS6million ($9.7 million) bid from West Ham in January and the London club have been credited with an ongoing interest.

In the meantime, Black Cats boss David Moyes will continue to bank on Defoe's goals to get them out of trouble once again as they find themselves at the foot of the table.

Sunderland have found the back of the net on only 24 occasions in the league - and Defoe has been responsible for 14 of those goals.

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