Initial talks had stalled when Defoe parted company with SFX last year, but now chairman Daniel Levy and sporting director Frank Arnesen are assessing the England striker's salary with Sky Andrew, who represented Sol Campbell when the ex-Tottenham captain joined Arsenal four years ago.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has continued to admire Defoe from afar. While the newspapers were busy speculating about a possible big money transfer to Chelsea in the lead up to Christmas, Defoe stuck with what he knew best, by scoring a first hat-trick for Tottenham which moved his personal account to 14 for the season.
Defoe signed from West Ham United in the last January transfer window, moved sharply to assure the club's supporters they mustn't read anything into his choice of agent.
"Just because I'm with the same agent as Sol doesn't mean the same thing's going to happen. I'm in a different situation to the one he was in anyway," said Defoe.