Rangers are in talks over a new deal for Jermain Defoe despite reported interest from Sunderland, according to The Scotsman.
The 38-year-old is set to be out of contract at the end of the season, leading to speculation that he could be set to quit Ibrox in search of a new challenge and more regular first team football.
Kevin Phillips told Football Insider that Sunderland could be keen on a move for the player if they secure promotion to the Championship, but with the play-offs looming it seems that this could be a longshot.
There’s also a decent chance that he could stay in Glasgow, with Steven Gerrard claiming that he hopes the poacher will stick around next term.
As quoted by The Scotsman, Gerrard said: “It goes without saying that Jermain Defoe is someone I have the ultimate respect and admiration for.
“He’s been a wonderful player. He’s had a wonderful career. To get him up here in the first place was something I was keen to do, because I knew he would help the group in the way he goes about his business. He’s a top professional.
“We’re in talks with Jermain at the moment about what’s next for Jermain. But we want to be really respectful, we want to give him the time to make his own decisions.
“I think he’s at a stage in his life where we’ll listen to Jermain and see what he wants to do moving forward.
“We’ll go from there. I don’t think it’s right for me to divulge right now what’s been said from my point of view and from his. But we’ll certainly respect Jermain in terms of his own decisions moving forward.”
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Jermain Defoe has a big decision to make this summer.
At 38 years of age there’s a good chance that this could be his final move and so it’s essential that he makes the best decision himself and his career.
Whether that’s staying with Rangers, going to Sunderland or something else remains to be seen, but there’s no doubt that he could still have a lot to offer.