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By ESPN Staff

Tottenham link rubbished by Ajax defender

Ajax defender Zdenek Grygera has distanced himself from speculation linking him with a move to Tottenham.

Spurs, who face Sheffield United at White Hart Lane tonight, were reportedly interested in Grygera but the player insists he does not see his future in the Premiership.

The Czech star is refusing to sign an extension to his contract which has 12 months left to run.

Grygera said: 'I know nothing specific. Tottenham are a high-quality team but England would not be my first choice, although I am not saying no.

'If you are choosing a club, you always consider if you know someone already there.

'Tottenham have a Dutch coach and also Edgar Davids - they would be able to understand me.

'If there is an interesting and specific offer from a club that has a good reputation in Europe, I would not be against it.

'I have one year left on my contract and I am not willing to extend it so my future will be resolved next summer at the latest.'

Meanwhile Spurs are sweating on the fitness of England striker Jermain Defoe ahead of tonight's clash with Neil Warnock's Premiership newcomers.

Defoe bruised his foot in the 2-0 defeat by Bolton on Saturday and will undergo a late fitness test.

Jol said: 'Jermain is a worry. He bruised his foot but he's a tough lad and maybe he'll be in the squad, we'll have to see.'

Spurs lost 2-0 at the Reebok stadium on Saturday and must now go into their clash against United sweating on the fitness of England striker Defoe.

Coach Martin Jol said: 'Jermain is a worry. He bruised his foot but he's a tough lad and maybe he'll be in the squad, we'll have to see.'

Spurs have midfielder Teemu Tainio back after missing the opening game with a twisted ankle and the club's England international defender, Michael Dawson says it is vital for Spurs to get back to winning ways against United.

Neil Warnock's side held Liverpool to a draw on the opening day and Jol's side are in for another physical encounter.

Dawson said: 'Bolton was a disappointing result and performance from our point view and we are obviously very low.

'We've got to put it behind us now and look to United. We've got to get our heads down and work on what we didn't do.

'I think Bolton's first goal was definitely a free-kick having seen a replay, but we are disappointed to have conceded from a set piece.

'The second one was a great goal by Ivan Campo and sometimes you have got to hold your hands up. We just didn't perform on the day though.

'Hopefully we can get back to winning ways, put Bolton behind us and work towards it not happening again.'