03/03/2012 09:45 GMT | Updated 03/05/2012 06:12 BST

Alexandra Burke Dating Jermain Defoe?

Former X Factor winner Alexandra Burke has reportedly scored with England footballer Jermain Defoe.

The pair have been friends for years but apparently struck up a romance a few weeks ago.

The 23-year-old singer was spotted with the Tottenham striker at the Landmark Hotel in north London last night.

A Spurs source tells The Sun that Jermain is "buzzing" about his new relationship, saying: "She's a big personality and more than a match for him. A few of the lads have been winding him up at training about it.

"They had been in touch for a while, and one thing just led to another. Alexandra had been playing hard to get and a lot of flirting was going on. She finally gave in the other week and they took things further."

Earlier in the week, the footballer said he was "blown away" by all the marriage proposals he had received on Twitter, after female followers tried their luck on 29 February.

He cheekily wrote: "I'll let you know which one I choose to accept later," before adding: "P.S. Mum I'm joking!!"

He has previously dated Big Brother stars Imogen Thomas and Chantelle Houghton.