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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard eyes loan deals for Jermain Defoe and Dominic Solanke

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STEVEN GERRARD is planning a double raid for Jermain Defoe and Dominic Solanke.

The Rangers boss wants firepower to help him challenge Celtic’s domestic dominance.

Dominic Solanke left Chelsea in search of first-team football but has not cracked the Kop line-up yet
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And Bournemouth veteran Defoe, 35, and 20-year-old Liverpool ace Solanke are being targeted for loan deals.

Defoe has endured a frustrating campaign in Bournemouth – starting just 13 games due to his injury woes.

He is happy with the Cherries but Gerrard, 37, could offer his former international team-mate a chance to prolong his career north of the border.

Solanke, meanwhile, has struggled for game time behind the red-hot trio of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.


Jermain Defoe would offer experience and a poacher’s instinct up top
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Dominic Solanke could benefit from a drop down in level to build his confidence
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Liverpool are in the market for more attacking options, with Nabil Fekir and Manuel Lanzini linked.

And Jurgen Klopp could decide to give Solanke the regular first-team football he has been craving since coming through Chelsea’s academy.


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Steven Gerrard is out to restore Rangers to the top of Scottish football
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Gerrard enjoys strong ties with his former club and Anfield chiefs are likely to be eager to do business with the Reds legend.

The Ibrox chief has is also considering former team-mate Martin Skrtel, 33, to sure up his defence but the centre-back has a year left on his deal with Fenerbahce.

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