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Jermain Defoe reacts to speculation surrounding potential Rangers transfer

Jermain Defoe hasn't allowed himself to consider a move to Rangers despite speculation linking him with a move across the border earlier this summer.

At the start of July, new Gers boss Steven Gerrard was said to be keen on bringing his former England team-mate to Ibrox. The 35-year-old started only 11 Premier League games for Bournemouth last season and Rangers had become odds-on favourites to utilise his goal-scoring services next season.

That talk has gone quiet amid Rangers' attempts to land Hearts forward Kyle Lafferty. Defoe, however, is used to a deadline day move, having joined both Tottenham and Portsmouth very late in the transfer window.

Could there be more drama for the forward this summer? He's refusing to think about it.

"I played with Steven Gerrard, we've got the same agent," he said. "To be honest, just like everyone else, you see stuff on Twitter and in papers but that's it really.

"Even when I see that, I always try and focus on the club that you're at, I've got a job to do and I'm happy here.

"The speculation; that's just part and parcel of it, you just get your head down and get ready for the season."

Defoe was also asked about his previous deadline day transfers and explained how, rushing through the move, then Portsmouth boss Harry Radknapp told the striker not to worry about a medical when he joined the club from Tottenham in 2008.

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