Toronto head coach and former Tottenham team-mate Ryan Nelsen has suggested top four Premier League clubs were interested in signing Defoe.
But the player himself was keen to play down such suggestions and remains hopeful the move will not threaten his chances of securing a place in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad.
"I wasn't aware of that. I've just tried to keep my head down and play football," he said of the transfer speculation.
"I don't try to read too much into speculation or listen to what people say. You just have to let your agents and the club you play for make the decisions."
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