Former Rangers striker Jermain Defoe could make a fantastic return to Sunderland [SunderlandEcho] as he makes his first move since leaving Rangers.

At the time of writing the deal is yet to be announced, yet it looks increasingly likely that Defoe will be returning to the Stadium of Light and try to boost the team’s chances of promotion from League One.

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There could also be another twist in the tale, as Sunderland is searching for a new manager, with former Celtic manager Neil Lennon being touted as a possible replacement for Lee Johnson [DailyRecord].

Jermain Defoe looks set to re-join Sunderland amid Neil Lennon managerial rumours

Defoe still has a lot to offer despite his release from Rangers, he should be able to command a regular spot in the Sunderland side and his goalscoring ability could be crucial ahead of a big four months ahead.

The Englishman found regular minutes hard to come by under Giovanni van Bronckhorst as he was demoted from his coaching role once the Dutchman arrived at the club.

The Rangers faithful wished him well upon his departure and he played a vital role in securing league title number 55, the first league title triumph of his storied career.

Although he may be approaching 40, Defoe hasn’t lost any of that predatory instinct and still remains as fit as ever.

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The former England international will be a massive coup for Sunderland and it could well be the catalyst for them to go and achieve promotion, as their time in the third tier surely needs to come to an end.

Meanwhile, the relationship Defoe had with Alfredo Morelos at Rangers could generate millions for the Ibrox club.

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