Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Rangers Add Jermain Defoe, Steven Davis From Premier League

Rangers Add Jermain Defoe, Steven Davis From Premier League

A club statement said: "Everyone at Southampton Football Club would like to express their gratitude for the incredible dedication and service given by Steven throughout his time at St Mary's, and we wish him the very best of luck in the future".

Joining AGF can provide him with the opportunity to prove he is capable of performing to a high standard week in, week out for a senior side, and the hope will be he returns to Melwood next summer an improved goalkeeper.

"He is vastly experienced at both club and global level and knows the club, the fans and the demands that come with wearing the Rangers jersey very well".

"It's a good introduction for me as well and then we'll get back to Scotland and start the games".

Defoe will join the Ibrox club's squad for their winter training camp in Tenerife next week. Another of his worldwide team-mates Josh Magennis, who scored a hat-trick for Bolton on Saturday, echoes the general positivity over the swoop.

Asked if the deal was close to completion in the next few days, the Saints boss added: "It can be". "Would he improve their team?" I have no doubt that he will. He is the first ever Finnish internationalist to play for Dundee. The first clause can be activated in July 2019 and the second in January 2020.

Defoe began his career at Charlton before going on to play for West Ham, Tottenham, Portsmouth, Toronto and Sunderland, scoring more than 200 goals.

Jermain Defoe was told has was allowed to leave AFC Bournemouth this transfer window and it hasn't taken long for the experienced striker to be snapped up by Steven Gerrard.

"He will be a great addition to our dressing room and we look forward to integrating him into the squad whilst we work in Tenerife over the next week".

The native of London's 162 league goals are seventh-most in Premier League history and Defoe was the league's active goals leader.

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