According to a recent report from The Scottish Sun, Rangers are favourites to seal a deal for striker Jermain Defoe this summer. The 35-year-old made the move to Premier League outfit Bournemouth last summer but only managed 24 league appearances for the Cherries, with new Gers boss Steven Gerrard reportedly seeking to lure him to Ibrox in what could turn out to be a transfer masterstroke.
Ultimately, there aren’t many better players inside the penalty area than England international Defoe, who has proven his worth countless times over the years, be it at Tottenham, West Ham, or Sunderland, to name but a few.
In fact, the 35-year-old was so impressive for the latter between 2015 and 2017 that he earned a recall to the England squad in March 2017, although his struggles for regular football at Bournemouth last term may well have cost him a place in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad.
Nonetheless, at the age of 35 and very much in the twilight of his career, Defoe could well be on the lookout for one last chance to prove his credentials on a regular basis, and were he to indeed make the move to Gerrard’s Rangers, it could prove to be a masterstroke.
Yes, the Gers were the highest scorers in the Scottish Premiership last season with 76 goals from their 38 league games, but Alfredo Morelos (14) and Josh Windass (13) were the only Light Blues stars to reach double figures last term.
And while it suggests that there are goals throughout the team, it’s clear that the Gers ideally need that one striker that could go on and reach 20 plus goals over the course of the campaign – Defoe could be that man.
The Englishman’s goal record over the years is nothing short of brilliant having netted 163 times in just 492 Premier League matches, and having breached ten goals in seven of his last nine seasons as a professional, he simply guarantees goals.
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And given the vast majority of those goals came in England’s top-flight, which is arguably more competitive and thus tougher than Scotland’s equivalent, Defoe could be even more prolific north of the border for Gerrard’s side.
And bringing in a player of the 35-year-old’s quality would also send out quite the statement of intent to Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic, what with Rangers seeking to finally compete with their Old Firm rivals at the summit of Scottish football after many years in the wilderness.
Thus, the addition of the £2.25 million-rated hotshot (as per Transfermarkt) this summer could prove to be a Rangers transfer masterstroke.
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