Darren Bent was wowed by the idea that Rangers could be about to tie Jermain Defoe down to a permanent deal.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former England international admitted it would be a huge coup for the Gers if Defoe stuck around at Ibrox for another year.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard publicly confirmed he wanted the Gers to hold onto Defoe with it being reported elsewhere the 37-year-old will sign a new one year contract on a Bosman deal.

Bent admitted that while Defoe may not be entirely happy over his role at Ibrox with him playing second-fiddle to Alfredo Morelos, it would be perfect if he signed a new one-year deal in order to stay.

When asked if it’s a huge coup for Rangers if they can tie Defoe down permanently, Bent told Football Insider: “Yeah, but at the same time, he’s been a great servant to the Premier League.

“He’s happy up there, I don’t think he is happy playing back-up but I think he understands that when you get to a certain age and with Morelos there, he knows he’s not going to start all the time.

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“Gerrard has used him quite sparingly, play him one game than Morelos the next, and if they can get them on a one-year deal permanently, that would be perfect.

“And it would be great news for Rangers fans.”

Defoe is currently on loan at Ibrox from Premier League outfit Bournemouth, with that loan spell due to finish at the end of the current season.

The 37-year-old, who has 57 caps for England, has scored 13 goals in 23 outings for Gerrard’s team this season.

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