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Signing Jermain Defoe should be a priority for Rangers this winter


Signing Jermain Defoe should be a priority for Rangers this winter

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard shares an agent with Defoe, who was linked with Ibrox switch in the summer.

In the summer Rangers were being linked with a move for Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe. The former England international was struggling for first-team football on the South Coast, following his move from Sunderland.

The fact he is a former England team-mate of Rangers boss Steven Gerrard and the pair share an agent helped fan the flames of this rumour.

Defoe eventually came out and dismissed the talk, but Rangers should seriously consider making an offer in January.

Defoe remains on the fringes at Dean Court and the 36-year-old must be dying to play more regular football.

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM – SEPTEMBER 2: Jermain Defoe (L) of England is congratulated by team mate Steven Gerrard after scoring his team’s third goal during the Euro 2008 Qualifying match between England and Andorra at Old Trafford on September 2, 2006 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Rangers also seem to be lacking up front at Ibrox. Whilst Alfredo Morelos and Kyle Lafferty are present, there is little behind them. It was a fact painfully on show as Umar Sadiq struggled to influence the recent cup exit to Aberdeen.

Bringing Defoe to Glasgow would bring guaranteed goals. His wages would no doubt be an issue, but considering the close links between the player and the Rangers manager, some sort of deal could surely be ironed out.


“I’ve played with Steven Gerrard and we’ve got the same agent.

“I’m just like everyone else, you see things on Twitter and in the papers, but that’s it really.”

– Defoe on Rangers interest

Rangers have done business with Bournemouth before when Emerson Hyndman enjoyed a spell on loan at Ibrox. So the channels are there for a discussion to start.

With the club also on the cusp of advancing in the Europa League, Defoe’s presence may be more necessary than ever next year.

Rangers should do whatever they can to bring the veteran goal-machine to Glasgow in January.

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