By Richard Parks
Rangers fans have taken to Twitter to express their delight at reports the club are targeting a sensational summer swoop for Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe.
The Scottish Sun claim manager Steven Gerrard wants the the Premier League legend, 35, as a blue riband signing and to spearhead the Light Blues attack next season.
It is said that Gerrard is eyeing a one-year loan for striker Defoe, who has two years left on his £65,000-a-week Bournemouth contract, as well as reunions with former Liverpool colleagues Martin Skrtel and Lucas Leiva.
Defoe has been a prolific scorer throughout his decade-and-a-half at the top level and was recalled to the England team last season following a goal-drenched spell at Sunderland.
With 163 Premier League goals to his name and 20 from 57 England matches he would certainly represent a marquee capture, and Rangers might have a chance of a deal after he was in and out of the Bournemouth side in 2017-18.
Rangers fans are excited about the possibility of such a renowned poacher heading to Ibrox, with comments including “dream signing” and he would “rinse” the Scottish Premiership.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
To see players like Defoe and Torres on a Friday night in Hamilton would be a glitch in the matrix. Im really excited about some of the names that are being mentioned, it’s like the EBT days all over again ????????????????????????
— Stevie G WATP (@SuperShodan) May 16, 2018
I’d take Defoe if there’s any concrete to the links
Definitely a goal scorer, could easily come on at 65 mins and kill games off which we haven’t done since… Novo
Kyle Lafferty has to be re-signed for me I think him and Morelos would be deadly upfront in the league
— Ewan ☺ (@Ewan_Carr) May 16, 2018
Jermaine Defoe would rinse Scottish football. Can’t see him coming up here in fairness.
— Jack Alexander (@JackAlex77) May 16, 2018
Theres no way we can get Lucas contracted till 2020 and valued around 7.5m and he must be on huge wages. Defoe didnt play much last season hes on high wages but a loan could be possible. Skrtel seems the most likely tho wages again will be high. i would be happy with any of them
— Alan Campbell (@alan_campbell86) May 16, 2018
Even 2 out of the three and I’ll put 2 months wages on #55 Defoe with score for fun up here
— Sally Mctoast (@volcanobeef) May 16, 2018
Exactly. If Kris Boyd can score for fun up here so would Defoe ????
— Kirsten (@kirsten93_) May 16, 2018
Defoe would score for fun up here.
Don’t care what anyone says.
And Lucas would make Scott Brown look like Boab Malcolm.
Can’t see either happening though.
Would be exciting if they did come off though
Just can’t see it
— Smiffy (@Smiffy55SG) May 16, 2018
So Defoe and Lucas next …. can’t wait for the new season already lol #ge55ard
— GaryKerr ???????????????? (@kerr139) May 16, 2018
Defoe would be a dream but very unrealistic imo
— Mason kelman (@mason_kelman) May 16, 2018