Revealed: Rangers confident loan star will return to Ibrox next season
Rangers are confident Jermain Defoe will return to the club next season to continue his loan from Bournemouth, Football Insider understands.
The striker, 36, can be recalled by the Cherries in either of the next two transfer windows from the 18-month loan he agreed in January.
An Ibrox source has told Football Insider that Rangers believe Bournemouth are not looking to exercise their recall option and that Defoe will remain at the club next season.
Manager Steven Gerrard has made it publicly clear he wants to keep Defoe, and the player has also insisted his choice would be to head back to the Glasgow giants and play the full campaign.
Defoe has scored seven goals and supplied seven assists in 16 matches for Rangers, starting the last three matches, all of which have been won, in the absence of the suspended Alfredo Morelos.
Bournemouth have plenty of striker options, with first choice pair Callum Wilson and Josh King scoring 13 and 11 league goals respectively this season.
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Should one of them leave in the summer, it is expected the Cherries would look to replace them with a younger forward rather than Defoe, who turns 37 in October.
Eddie Howe has high hopes for £19million January signing Dominic Solanke, who is yet to score since joining from Liverpool with a hamstring injury, as well as 23-year-old French forward Lys Mousset, who has been used as a sub in 21 league matches this season.