David Moyes Wants Sunderland Stay But Admits Jermain Defoe Could Leave

David Moyes Wants Sunderland Stay But Admits Jermain Defoe Could Leave

David Moyes says he's been given the backing of his Chairman and he expects to be the Sunderland Manager next season, despite the club's relegation to the championship.

Sam Allardyce has confirmed his interest in signing Jermain Defoe but insists he is not working on potential transfer targets until Crystal Palace's Premier League status is secure.

David Moyes has spoken on a number of occasions of building a more "robust" squad after this season's injury crisis, and even though he also worked with the midfielder at Everton, seems unlikely to hand the veteran another contract.

"I know what needs to be done to get back in the Premier League and I know what the requirements are to do that".

"I came to a part of the country where, I was led to believe, that was the way people wanted speaking to".

The veteran forward was a key figure at the Stadium of Light under Allardyce after they managed to fight their way out of a relegation battle last season.

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"We've got lists of players right through the group that we have identified and we will talk about". Ellis and the board want me to stay. We were deflated, I wouldn't say it was an uplifting kind of meeting.

In truth, the 54-year-old Scot has played a blinder here in deflecting attention from Sunderland's demise onto a debate about his own future whilst ensuring a strong-hand going into negotiations with the club's owner and most senior director. If Jermain's one of them, we'll be pushing on that one if we can.

"We can only lose the ones who are out of contract".

Several out of contract players can expect to depart, while goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and top-scorer Jermain Defoe, who both harbour World Cup ambitions, will look for top-flight suitors.

"I'm disappointed for Sunderland and for the fans and Ellis Short, who has invested a lot of money, and my mate Moysey".

"I don't think it has happened very often here at Sunderland - very few players have been sold for a profit".

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