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Rangers favourites to sign prolific Premier League striker

Rangers have emerged as the front-runners to sign Bournemouth striker Jermaine Defoe.

The veteran forward has struggled for opportunities for Eddie Howe’s side this season, falling behind the likes of Josh King and Callum Wilson in the pecking order.

The 36-year-old’s availability has alerted the attention of Ranger boss Steven Gerrard, who played alongside the forward for England, and the Scottish giants are preparing a January move.

Gerrard has been desperate to add to his striking options, having relied heavily on top scorer Alfredo Morelos with Rangers expecting to receive bids for the Colombian in the winter window.

Defoe, who scored 20 goals in 57 caps for England, is desperate to secure first-team football as he enters the twilight of his career and Sky Sports are reporting Rangers are now ready to move for the former West Ham and Tottenham forward.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is believed to be willing to sanction the sale of the forward, who has scored 162 Premier League goals, having been impressed by the players professionalism despite a lack of game-time.

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