West Brom head coach Tony Pulis has confirmed an interest in signing Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe.

England striker Defoe is reportedly free to leave the Stadium of Light after their relegation from the Premier League triggered a clause in his contract.

The 34-year-old has looked as sharp as ever despite the Black Cats’ struggles this season, scoring 14 league goals and finding the net on his return to the national fold after four years without an England cap.

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 told a pre-match news conference ahead of Saturday’s trip to Burnley.

“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.”

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