Rangers are hoping to strike a permanent deal for striker Jermain Defoe, who is currently on loan to the club from Bournemouth.
Football Insider reported that the club are keen to explore the possibility of signing the 37-year-old permanently, with his loan deal set to expire at the end of this season.
According to Football Insider, the Cherries have the option of activating a recall clause in the January transfer window, although the veteran striker told The Scotsman that he would like to finish his playing career at Ibrox.
Defoe has made a tremendous impact at Rangers since coming to the club last January, with 21 goals in 40 appearances for Steven Gerrard’s side.
His scoring tally is all the more impressive in the context of starting only eight games for the ‘Gers this season, with his 13 goals being scored in 770 minutes of game-time for an average of one every 59.23 minutes. [via TransferMarkt]
Should Rangers sign Jermain Defoe permanently?
That is a better goal ratio than Rangers’ top scorer Alfredo Morelos, whose 22 goals have come in 1,713 minutes of action, averaging one every 77.86 minutes. [via TransferMarkt]
Defoe’s importance to the side becomes amplified whenever Morelos is absent, something that happened regularly last season when the Colombian was often suspended due to the five red cards that he picked up.
Defoe may be 37, which means that any permanent deal is likely to be a short-term one, but his fine form in front of goal shows that he has plenty to offer to Rangers.
There is also the matter of whether he would be happy to take a wage cut from the £90,000-a-week he was getting at Bournemouth (as per the Daily Mail), with the ‘Gers reportedly paying him between £35,000 (Daily Mail) and £65,000 (The Times) weekly.
If that obstacle can be overcome, and if the £1.58m-rated Defoe (as per TransferMarkt) maintains his form throughout the rest of the campaign, signing him for another season or two would appear to be a sensible move from the Ibrox club.
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