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Jermain Defoe set to join Steven Gerrard at Rangers on 18-month loan deal

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Jermain Defoe (L) of England and Steven Gerrard playing for England against Andorra on September 2, 2006 (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Jermain Defoe (L) of England and Steven Gerrard playing for England against Andorra on September 2, 2006 (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

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Jermain Defoe (L) of England and Steven Gerrard playing for England against Andorra on September 2, 2006 (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Jermain Defoe is set to join Rangers on loan as boss Steven Gerrard looks to strengthen his Ibrox squad in the January transfer window, Independent Sport understands.

The 36-year-old attacker, who won 57 England caps, is closing in on a move to the Ladbrokes Premiership outfit on an 18-month loan deal from Bournemouth.

The former West Ham, Sunderland and Tottenham player, who played with Gerrard for England, has featured only four times as substitute in the Premier League for the Cherries this season.

Rangers ended the year on a high with a 1-0 win over Celtic at Ibrox to take them level on points with the reigning champions at the top of the table.

It was the Light Blues' first league win over their Old Firm rivals since 2012 and their first over Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers in 13 attempts since the Northern Irishman took over at Parkhead in 2016.

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