Gunners in for Defoe !!! Gunners want £5m Defoe By CHARLIE WYETT ARSENAL are ready to table a £5million bid for striker Jermain Defoe. Boss Arsène Wenger hopes to beat Manchester United in the race to sign the West Ham star. Upton Park chief Alan Pardew wanted to keep Defoe until the summer after banking £2m from the sale of keeper David James to Manchester City. But Wenger is now on the verge of moving in for 21-year-old Defoe, who is desperate to join a big club. Wenger has been told he has limited funds for a new player — and a striker is top of the list. The manager is worried over the goal-scoring burden on Thierry Henry, who has scored 13 of the club’s 40 Premiership goals this season. Sylvain Wiltord and Kanu have not been prolific scorers, while Dutch hitman Dennis Bergkamp is now 34. Wenger is a long-time admirer of Defoe but has been unable to compete in the transfer market for the last couple of years. A move for Defoe could spark a bidding war with United but that depends on their determination to land Louis Saha. Fulham say they will do a deal but the French hitman cannot move until the summer. West Ham are not under major pressure to sell Defoe but will be tempted by an improved £8m bid. Defoe has hit 15 goals this season — despite being sent off three times. He is now on the verge of another ban. He has always stated his determination to join a top club, even though he withdrew a transfer request slapped in the day after West Ham were relegated. http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2002390000-2004021381,00.html I hope its true ... £5m for Defoe is a good value for money in my opinion!!!