Rangers signing Jermain Defoe on a permanent deal would be a “perfect” move for both club and player, according to Noel Whelan.
The veteran hitman is said to be keen on taking a pay cut to make his loan switch from Bournemouth to Ibrox permanent, as per Football Insider.
The 37-year-old is understood be on over £100,000-a-week at his parent club.
And BBC Radio Leeds pundit Whelan sees no reason why a deal can’t be struck.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “I think it’s the perfect move for both clubs.
“I think Eddie Howe will be more than happy to get him off the wage bill and out of the club and I think Jermain Defoe will be happy being at a massive club like Rangers, playing in Europe and being part of a club that is challenging Celtic.
“He’s getting used more at Rangers than he is at Bournemouth. He’s a player in the final stages of his career. They’re managing him in the right way, Stevie G knows him, he knows what Jermain’s all about.
“He knows if you keep a good Jermain Defoe fit, if you bring him on there’s every opportunity he’ll score goals.”
Defoe has certainly recaptured some of his best form since making the move north of the border, and it would be a coup to land a player of his quality on a full-time contract.
So far this term, the ex-England international has hit a goal every 59 minutes in all competitions, as per Transfermarkt, and has 10 in 11 in the league.
He may not be a nailed on starter, especially given the form of Alfredo Morelos, but who better to bring on for the odd goal here and there when the chips are down?
As long as the price is right, this could be inspired business from Steven Gerrard and his men.