Rangers are paying £65,000-a-week to Jermain Defoe during his loan spell in Glasgow, half of his wages at Bournemouth, according to a new report in The Times.
The Gers’ terms in the deal had previously gone unreported, although it was obviously assumed there was a big financial commitment given his known earnings in the English Premier League.
Covering half of his £130,000-a-week wages is quite the statement of intent and hints that Defoe will almost certainly be a guaranteed starter on a week-to-week basis.
The striker was set to make his debut under Steven Gerrard last night away to Cowdenbeath in the Scottish Cup, but the match was controversially called off after a pitch inspection.
Fans will now need to wait until Wednesday when we travel to Scottish Premiership high-flyers Kilmarnock.
Whether this investment is worth really depends on what kind of impact the player makes on the pitch. If he can fire the goals we need to win major honours this season and next then no fan will complain about his earnings.
It certainly puts a bit of pressure on his shoulders though and everyone will be hoping he can get off to a great start and bang in a few goals in January and February.