Paddy Power have been forced to slash the odds on a move north of the border for Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe after a series of substantial bets on him joining Steven Gerrard at Rangers.
The striker has gone from 7/1 to 12/5 to move to Ibrox this summer as part of Gerrard’s revolution of the side and is now amongst the favourites to join the club from a host of high profile names linked, including fellow centre-forwards Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge.
Defoe’s return to Bournemouth this season has not seen him fulfill the expectations that many had when he joined on a free transfer last summer, scoring only four goals in 25 appearances. It is worth noting though, that only 13 of those appearances have come from the start as Defoe has seen himself struggle to break into Eddie Howe’s team.
His substantial wages could make an exit likely this summer and he would bring undoubted quality to Ibrox. The 35-year-old may not be in the best form of his life but he is one striker who certainly knows where the goal is and remains in good shape despite his advancing age.
Rangers have been without a prolific goalscorer for some time, with only Alfredo Morelos and Josh Windass having even reached double figures and no-one having reached 15 goals this season.
Since returning to the top flight in 2017 it has been one area of the team where improvements are desperately needed and given his impressive track record, it could be one last chance for Defoe to flourish and give Gerrard’s team just what they need: a natural goalscorer.