Sam Allardyce and Crystal Palace are stuck in a three-way tussle to secure the services of Jermain Defoe this summer.
The Mirror believe that the Eagles are hoping that because of the close relationship Defoe and Allardyce have as a result of their time together at Sunderland, he’ll opt to move to the south London club.
Defoe spearheaded the Black Cats attack as Allardyce masterminded another great escape last season before leaving the club for the England job.
Following Sunderland’s relegation this season, Defoe is able to leave the club on a free transfer due to a clause in his contract.
Christian Benteke was a great signing for the Eagles last summer but he needs some support in attack and Defoe is the ideal complement.