Ipswich Town are planning on making a surprise move for former England international Jermain Defoe, according to Football Insider.
The 38-year-old has played in the Premier League for the majority of his career but since January 2019 he has been at Scottish giants Rangers, and even in his advancing years he’s continued to find the back of the net.
Defoe has netted 32 goals in 72 appearances in all competitions for the Gers and played a role in breaking Celtic’s domestic dominance this season by winning the Scottish Premiership.
His Gers deal is due to expire this summer and talks have apparently begun in regards to potentially extending his deal for another season, but the Tractor Boys – who have new-found American wealth following their recent takeover – look set to make a move.
One part of the Ipswich ownership group in Brett Johnson is no stranger into bringing ageing players in, as he brought the likes of Didier Drogba and Shaun Wright-Phillips to American side Phoenix Rising under his management.
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And even at the age he currently is, Defoe would be a massive coup if the Suffolk club were able to capture him – and they may have a decent chance as he would likely have to take a wage cut if he were to remain north of the border at Ibrox.
A return to England could be tempting and at Portman Road he’d be sure to get more minutes than at Rangers – but even at 38 years old a drop down to League One would be very unexpected.
Defoe still knows where the back of the net is – his pace may have dwindled but his ability to be in the right place at the right time is still sticking around.
Whilst Defoe has stated that he wants to play in-front of a full Rangers crowd once again before he eventually retires, is it worth sitting around on the sidelines or the bench for a lot of next season just for a few opportunities?
You can’t see him getting much time ahead of Morelos, Itten and Roofe so if an approach does come from Ipswich, it could be one worth considering.