Jermain Defoe has confirmed that he wants to stay at Rangers on a permanent basis once his temporary deal comes to an end (via Sky Sports).
The 37-year-old is currently on loan at Ibrox from Premier League outfit AFC Bournemouth, with the agreement set to expire in the summer.
Defoe arrived at the club in January, putting pen-to-paper on a loan deal which would last for a season and a half.
He was brought in to provide competition up front for Alfredo Morelos, and also to add experience in the dressing room. His manager, Steven Gerrard, has been impressed with the impact he has had both on and off the field.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Defoe said: “He [Gerrard] said to me he’s delighted with how I’m playing but not just that, with how I am around the place with the younger lads, helping everyone. It was nice for him to say that.”
With his deal set to expire next summer, naturally there have been question marks over whether the ex-Tottenham man would stay, go back to Bournemouth or look for a completely new club.
However, he has cleared that up in his latest interview by confirming he and his family wish to remain in Glasgow.
“I want to stay. It’s a special football club – you feel it.”
There is no doubt that keeping Defoe would be a superb piece of business for Rangers. He has been outstanding for the Glasgow club in his spell so far, and last season he managed to score six goals and provide five assists in just 12 Scottish Premiership appearances (via Transfermarkt).
He has been even better for the Gers at the start of this season, and has already bagged 12 goals in 14 appearances in all competitions including hat-tricks against Hibernian and Hamilton Academical.
Whilst he may be coming to the end of his career at 37, the former England international has shown that he still knows where the back of the net is and therefore has plenty to offer for another year at least.
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