Noel Whelan says that Rangers signing Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe would be the “perfect move” for both clubs.

The former Aberdeen, Livingston and Dunfermline striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that Cherries boss Eddie Howe would like the veteran hitman off the wage bill.

As revealed by Football Insider, Rangers want to hand Defoe a long-term deal at Ibrox after his loan spell, with the player willing to take a pay cut to secure a move and finish his career in Glasgow.

Whelan says that a permanent deal with the Light Blues would suit all parties involved, suggesting Defoe would relish the opportunity to continue playing at a giant of British football.

“I think it’s the perfect move for both clubs,’ Whelan told Football Insider.

“I think Eddie Howe will be more than happy to get him off the wage bill and out of the club and I think Jermain Defoe will be happy being at a massive club like Rangers, playing in Europe and being part of a club that is challenging Celtic.

“He’s getting used more at Rangers than he is at Bournemouth. He’s a player in the final stages of his career. They’re managing him in the right way, Stevie G knows him, he knows what Jermain’s all about.

“He knows if you keep a good Jermain Defoe fit, if you bring him on there’s every opportunity he’ll score goals.”

Defoe has scored a total of 21 goals in his 40 appearances for the Glasgow giants, the England hitman sharing the striking duties with Alfredo Morelos.

The Colombian has been in red hot form this season, his two goals against Feyenoord taking him to 24 strikes in 27 games.

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