AFC Bournemouth have reportedly told striker Jermain Defoe he is free to leave the club before the end of the month.

According to Skysports, Scottish outfit Rangers are leading the race for the experienced striker.

The 36-year-old has not been at the forefront of boss Eddie Howe’s plans this season, with Callum Wilson and Josh King regularly being preferred in the striking roles.

In fact, Defoe has not started a Premier League match this term and has made just four substitute appearances.

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Howe has been happy with the way Defoe has conducted himself in training despite his lack of playing time and is keen to reward that professionalism with a move away for the good of his career.

Interest in the ex-England international is high, with a number of top-flight and Championship sides south of the border tracking his situation.

Defoe moved to the Vitality Stadium in the summer of 2017 on a free transfer from Sunderland and scored four Premier League goals for the Cherries last season.