Leicester coy on links to reported Liverpool target Jermain Defoe

Queens Park Rangers appear to be out of the running for Jermain Defoe, Liverpool have been linked, while Leicester City are remaining tight-lipped.

Nigel Pearson has one of the best poker faces in the Premier League.

You get nothing out of the Leicester City manager unless he decides to offer it, with cards played close to the chest at all times.

He is refusing to relax that stance as transfer talk begins to swirl around him.

The Foxes are among those being linked with an effort to bring former West Ham United, Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe back to the Premier League.

Queens Park Rangers appeared to be leading the chase at one stage, having tracked the Toronto FC frontman since last summer, but Harry Redknapp doubts there is a deal to be done.

Liverpool are also said to be keen on the England international as they seek a proven marksman to aid their attacking cause, with Mario Balotelli flopping at Anfield and Daniel Sturridge struggling with injuries.

Pearson is aware of the mounting speculation, and that he forms part of it, be he is giving little away when it comes to possible interest in Defoe.

He told talkSPORT: “Sorry to disappoint you but Mr Straight Bat here is going to tell you that when there is something to tell you we will release it.

“Until deals are actually effectively done it’s always dangerous to speak too publicly about them. I’m not trying to be difficult. I just think you have to consider a lot of things in any transfer window. The most important thing is the wellbeing of the player and the two clubs.

“Deals can fall through very late in the day and it’s always important to protect everybody’s interest.

“We’re trying to be as active as we can and when we do deals we will announce it but I don’t like getting involved and disrupting other people’s squads when deals aren’t done.”

Defoe only left England in February, with the decision taken to try his luck in MLS.

He is, however, a forward with more than 100 Premier League goals to his name and is only 32 years of age.

He could undoubtedly still do a job at that level and will probably be expecting formal approaches to be made now that the transfer window has re-opened for business.

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