Defoe nearing Ibrox switch

03 January 2019 14:37:52 EST

Jermain Defoe is closing on a move to Rangers, having agreed personal terms on an 18-month loan deal with the Glasgow outfit.

The 36-year-old striker is set to join up with former England teammate Steven Gerrard, now the manager at Ibrox.

The deal, reported to be agreed by various sources, is subject to Defoe passing a medical this weekend before he can join the Light Blues on their warm-weather training camp in Tenerife.

Defoe has yet to start a league game for Bournemouth this season and has recently voiced his desire to get first-team football elsewhere, with Eddie Howe seemingly content to allow him move on.

Under the terms of the deal Bournemouth are said to have two recall options - this summer and in January 2020 – on their player.

The former West Ham, Tottenham, Portsmouth and Sunderland striker is amongst the Premier League's all-time top ten leading goalscorers.

Gerrard has steered Rangers into a position to challenge city rivals Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title this season.

The Old Firm rivals are level on points going into the winter break, with Celtic top on goal difference and also having played one game less than Rangers.

On Saturday, Ryan Jack scored the only goal at Ibrox as Rangers ended a six-year wait for a league win over the Hoops, the first time Brendan Rodgers has lost a Glasgow derby fixture.

Rangers are now 200/1 to win the Scottish Premiership this season, with Celtic 1/2000 to make it successive titles.

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