Jermain Defoe says he is not allowing speculation over his future to distract him.
The Sunderland striker was a target for former club West Ham in January, but he told talkSPORT: “I’m totally focused on scoring goals, I’m totally focused on helping this football club stay in the Premier League.
“For me, that’s the best way to approach it so I’m not distracted. I’ll just keep my head down and work hard.
“Even with the speculation about West Ham, it’s always nice when you’re wanted. But at the end of the day, I’ve been a part of this game for a long time and that’s part and parcel of it now, so it was easy for me to see it and just think, ‘Okay, that’s nice people want me, but I’ve got to be focused on Sunderland’.”