By Richard Parks
Steven Gerrard has opened preliminary talks to bring Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe to Rangers this summer, according to a report.
The Daily Record claim manager 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 £80,000-a-week Bournemouth contract, and is “hopeful” of sealing what would be an astonishing deal.
Football Insider verdict:
You have to be a Rangers fan of a certain age and vintage to remember the last time the club signed a player of the calibre of Defoe, either on loan or permanently. The striker’s astronomical wages would be a major hurdle to a deal, as would the two years remaining on his Cherries contract. But, in Gerrard’s favour is that the goal machine has just endured a frustrating season beset by injuries and a place lower down the centre-forward pecking order than he is used to. With Callum Wilson and Josh King also on Bournemouth’s books, Defoe knows he cannot hope to begin 2018-19 above third-choice striker, although his goal record during a decade-and-a-half at the top level demands respect. Age has barely withered his powers and he 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, Defoe would certainly represent a marquee capture, and Rangers have hope a deal can be done. This where Gerrard’s influence, name and standing could prove decisive. Signing Defoe would be a gamechanger.