Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe is on the verge of a loan move to Rangers, according to Sky Sports.
36-year-old hitman Defoe has been on Bournemouth’s books since last summer, when he made the move to the Vitality Stadium on a free transfer following Sunderland’s relegation to the Championship.
However, the veteran’s time with the Cherries has since proven somewhat disappointing.
After notching 15 Premier League goals with Sunderland during the 2016/17 campaign, Defoe managed just 4 league goals last season.
And the current campaign has proven an even more difficult affair for the former English international, with Defoe having been restricted to just 4 league appearances to this point.
In addition, the diminutive attacker has failed to find the net since March.
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 25: Jermain Defoe of AFC Bournemouth attempts a bicycle kick during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between AFC Bournemouth and Blackburn Rovers at Vitality Stadium on September 25, 2018 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
As such, with the likes of Callum Wilson and Josh King both sitting firmly ahead of him in the centre-forward pecking order at the Vitality, news that Defoe is set for an imminent departure from Bournemouth has come as little surprise.
As per the aforementioned report from Sky Sports News this evening, the former Tottenham, Portsmouth and Toronto FC man will join Scottish giants Rangers on loan this month.
Defoe is expected to spend the next 18 months at Ibrox, under the management of Steven Gerrard:
Bournemouth agree 18-month loan deal for Jermain Defoe to join Rangers, according to Sky sources.
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