Defoe to join Rangers on 18-month loan deal

Rangers have reached an agreement to sign Jermain Defoe on an 18-month loan deal that will take the former England international up to the end of his contract with Bournemouth.

Defoe, who turned 36 in October, joined Bournemouth on a free transfer from Sunderland in July 2017 but has made only four Premier League appearances this season, all from the bench, and has not scored since March last year.

Although it seems unlikely that Defoe will play for Bournemouth again – the three-year contract he signed will have expired by the time he finishes at Rangers – the Premier League club have inserted two recall clauses in the loan agreement, giving them the option to bring him back. The first clause can be activated in July 2019 and the second in January 2020. Defoe will join up with Rangers, who are second in the Scottish Premiership, on their warm-weather training camp in Tenerife.

Meanwhile, Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl has confirmed midfielder Steven Davis is set to rejoin Rangers.

The 34-year-old Northern Ireland captain looks set to return to Ibrox, having left to sign for Saints during the summer of 2012.

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