The News of the World claims that Defoe's mother Sandra is keen for the footballer to appear on television in an attempt to find love.
"His mum's been asked to take part in this Blind Date-style show and is keen to do it," a source said. "I think she's just fed up with him playing the field."
The news comes after Defoe reportedly broke up with his latest girlfriend, model Roxy Townsend.
A spokesperson for Defoe and his family confirmed that they are in talks with the BBC about a project.