El Tel wrote in The Sun: "There’s little doubt their expensively-assembled squad looks light on strikers — and Defoe would be the perfect solution.
"But I’m not suggesting he could replace Fernando Torres. Far from it.
"Defoe’s arrival would help their No 1 front man Torres become even better.
"I believe Defoe could take away the crushing burden on Torres to convert every half-chance into a goal, therefore freeing the Spaniard to turn on all his other wonderful skills.
"There’s just too much expectancy on Torres to become Chelsea’s replacement for Didier Drogba.
"But he’s simply not that kind of player, whereas Defoe is.
"Yes, I know Defoe signed a new deal with Tottenham a few weeks into this season.
"But having spent much of last season on the bench at White Hart Lane, I thought Chelsea could and should have made a serious attempt to lure him across London to Stamford Bridge."