Jermain Defoe is set to hand Rangers a massive boost by agreeing a pre-contract deal with the Gers that will see the striker move to Ibrox on a permanent basis, according to a report from STV.
Defoe is almost two-thirds of the way through an 18-month loan from Bournemouth. The 37-year-old arrived in January, and has proved to be an inspired signing for Steven Gerrard’s side.
He has scored 21 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions. And he has arguably taken some of the pressure off Alfredo Morelos.
Unsurprisingly, Gerrard has been keen to keep Defoe beyond the end of his loan spell. And it appears that a deal is close to being agreed.
According to STV, Defoe is set to put pen to paper on a one-year contract for next season. The report notes that it is a player deal, and Defoe is not set to take up a player-coach role.
It seemed a no-brainer for Rangers to agree a permanent deal for Defoe. He is reaching the twilight of his career. But he is not struggling to score goals, and his arrival appears to have helped Morelos take his game to another level.
It is a big statement from the Gers. Spotrac shows that Defoe earns £65,000-a-week at Bournemouth. And it is not difficult to imagine other clubs coming forward with tempting offers had he become a free agent.
It is not clear what terms Rangers have offered. But there is no question that it is a fantastic move for the Gers to tie the striker down.