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'Any day of the week': Some Sunderland fans react to links with striker who'd 'drive up standards'

A number of Sunderland fans have taken to Twitter to comment on speculation linking Rangers striker Jermain Defoe with a return to the Stadium of Light.

The likes of the Sunderland Echo and Chronicle Live claim the 38-year-old has been linked with move back to Wearside if the Black Cats reach the Championship.

Defoe joined Rangers in 2019, first on loan before signing permanently the following year, but his contract expires at the end of the season as things stand.

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Ibrox manager Steven Gerrard says the club has opened talks with Defoe, but stresses that the striker is being given all the time he needs to decide on his future.

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“It goes without saying that Jermain Defoe is someone I have the ultimate respect and admiration for,” the Rangers boss is quoted by The Scotsman as saying.

“He’s been a wonderful player. He’s had a wonderful career.

“To get him up here in the first place was something I was keen to do, because I knew he would help the group in the way he goes about his business. He’s a top professional.

“We’re in talks with Jermain at the moment about what’s next for Jermain. But we want to be really respectful, we want to give him the time to make his own decisions.

“I think he’s at a stage in his life where we’ll listen to Jermain and see what he wants to do moving forward.

“We’ll go from there. I don’t think it’s right for me to divulge right now what’s been said from my point of view and from his.

“But we’ll certainly respect Jermain in terms of his own decisions moving forward.”

Defoe spent two-and-a-half years at Sunderland, joining in January 2015 from Toronto FC, and went on to make 93 appearances for the club, scoring 37 goals.

He is loved by the Black Cats fanbase and, as such, speculation linking him with a return has gone down very well:

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