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Defoe agrees to make Rangers move permanent in the summer

Jermain Defoe has agreed to join Rangers on a permanent deal in the summer.

The 37-year-old striker, who has been on loan from Bournemouth this season, has signed a pre-contract agreement with the Ibrox club for the 2020/21 campaign.

Speaking on the Rangers website about the move, Defoe said: “I’m just delighted to be honest .”

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Defoe, who spent the second half of last season on loan with the Gers from Bournemouth, has scored 24 goals in 48 appearances.

The former England international added: “When I first signed, as I’ve said many times, it was an easy decision because I have always known about the size of this football club and the history and the great players that have played for this club, so I think for it to get all sorted and for me to secure my future here for another year is really special.”

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Defoe has scored 24 goals in 48 appearances for the Gers. (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Confirming the move is one the club “have been working on over the weeks”, boss Steven Gerrard added: “He is an incredible professional with the way he goes about his work on and off the pitch. He is a credit to himself and his family.

“He is still contributing heavily, he is a major part of this group, this team and this squad and, hopefully, together we can go and share some success as I think he deserves that.”