Barry Ferguson speaks the truth after Hartson says: 'Rangers can't afford Defoe wages'

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What's become abundantly clear since Steven Gerrard's appointment as Rangers manager is that the Liverpool legend wants to make high calibre signings this summer.

Among those to have been linked with a move to the Ibrox are Jermain Defoe, Dominic Solanke, Lucas Leiva and Martin Skrtel.

It's no surprise that Gerrard is looking to use his links with Liverpool and England to land some big names, having played alongside Leiva and Skrtel at Anfield from 2007-2017.

As for Defoe, the Bournemouth striker made 54 appearances for the England national team and a lot of those games undoubtedly featured Gerrard, too.

No one can accuse Gerrard of not being ambitious but the problem he will undoubtedly face at some point is wage demands.

Defoe, for example, is earnined in excess of £100,000-per-week at Bournemouth and John Hartson rightly stated recently that Rangers wouldn't be able to match that amount.

"I don't believe the Defoe rumours," the ex-striker said on BT Sport. "He's on £120,000-per-week at Bournemouth.


"How on earth can he come to Rangers? If they're going to get him on loan, they're going to have to pay £60,000-per-week. Not Defoe for me."

Hartson clearly doesn't rate Rangers' chances of signing Defoe - or anyone with sky-high wages for that matter - yet club legend Barry Ferguson has a more optimistic outlook.

Speaking to the Daily Record, Ferguson actually made a very valid point that the opportunity to win silverware with Rangers might outweigh the wages on offer for players like Defoe.

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Defoe has never won a major trophy throughout his career and Ferguson believes he can change that by making the move to Scotland with Gerrard.

"I look at Defoe and wonder what he would give for the chance to lift silverware?" he said. "For these guys who have been earning massive wages for so many years, money is no longer an issue.

"They've probably got more sitting in the bank than they will ever be able to spend - but Rangers can offer them something different.

"And with Gerrard in charge all of a sudden these guys are not out of reach the way they were. Defoe is a prime example.

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"He's had a wonderful career but has never known the joy of holding silverware above his head. As a 35-year-old at a club like Bournemouth, let's just say his time is running out.

"If Gerrard can offer him this chance to end his career with a bang then maybe Defoe will reach the conclusion money can't buy him the happiness he might find in Glasgow.

"The others who have been mentioned have lifted just a handful of trophies between them so the chance to scoop more might sway them."

Spot on, Barry. Winning silverware should be the priority for footballers and at the age of 35, Defoe should be looking to end his career on a high rather than lining his pockets with more money.

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