Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has given Jermain Defoe his blessing to complete a move to Rangers, but admits the deal is not done yet.
The 36-year-old is keen to leave The Cherries having found first-team opportunities limited this season, and reports have suggested an 18-month loan deal had been agreed with the Scottish giants.
The move will see Defoe link up with former England teammate Steven Gerrard, now manager at Rangers, with the former Liverpool midfielder looking to add to his forward options at Ibrox.
Despite the reports, Howe insists the deal is not yet complete but he added that any deal will be in the player’s best interests.
Speaking to the press Howe said: “Any deal that does get agreed will be in the player’s best interests and what the player wants to pursue.
“From our side, I’ve said from day one I’ve loved working with Jermain, I’ve really enjoyed the relationship we’ve had and how professional he’s been for the team and for the group of players we have, but as I say no deal has been finalised so let’s see what happens.
“The deal (signing Defoe) has been a good one from our perspective, I would do it again in a heartbeat. He scored some massive goals for us last year, I don’t think anyone should forget that.”