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Jermain Defoe ready to take a pay cut to £100k-a-week Bournemouth wages to secure permanent Rangers transfer

JERMAIN DEFOE is willing to accept a large pay cut in order to stay at Scottish giants Rangers, according to Football Insider.

Defoe is currently on loan to the Glasgow team and has been since 2017.

But the 37-year-old striker is reportedly keen on making that move permanent ahead of the contract expiring next summer.

Ibrox sources told Football Insider that Defoe has told Rangers he is keen to finish his career at the club and is ready to talk deals, including taking a pay cut.

The deal he signed in 2017 is said to be worth more than £100,000 a week and the veteran is ready to sacrifice the money to stay on with Steven Gerrard who is said to be an admirer of his.

If a deal can be made, it means Defoe would stay on for another 12 months until the summer of 2021 with his 39th birthday lurking just around the corner.

Although the possibility of Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe recalling Defoe back to his team in the winter window, it is highly unlikely that they will want to keep him on, given his wage.

In which case, being a key member of the Scottish giants' squad is more likely the better option, at a time where things are hotting up in the title race in Scotland.

The Englishman has impressed in the Scottish Premier League with 10 strikes to his name so far this season.

He is averaging a goal every 56 minutes.

There is some bad news for the striker though as he picked up an injury during training on Wednesday, meaning he will not feature in their Europa League Group G clash with Feyenoord.

Rangers star Jermain Defoe coaches children during pre-season

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