Rangers new boy Jermain Defoe has told Sky Sports that he had the chance to sign for Crystal Palace, but chose a move to join Steven Gerrard instead.
The Gers have been busy in the opening stages of the January transfer window, striking four deals to bolster Gerrard's squad both now and in the future.
Rangers firstly tied up pre-contract agreements for Dundee midfielder Glen Kamara and Kilmarnock winger Jordan Jones, with the duo joining on free transfers this summer.
Gerrard then raided the Premier League for two veteran players, signing Steven Davis and striker Defoe from Southampton and Bournemouth respectively.
Defoe, 36, has particularly captured the imagination. One of the finest Premier League goalscorers of the last 15 years, Defoe has joined Rangers on an 18-month loan deal after a lack of playing time at Bournemouth.
The move means Defoe has reunited with ex-England teammate Gerrard, which appears to have been a major aspect in his decision to make the move to Ibrox.
Defoe has now revealed that Crystal Palace were offering him the chance to stay in the Premier League, but he snubbed the London club in favour of a 'different challenge' with Rangers and Gerrard.
“There was interest, I had to weigh it all up, and I fancied something different to be honest, I fancied a different challenge,” said Defoe. “It is a massive football club and I am coming into an environment where everyone is confident. The Palace one was lingering for years - I know a lot of people down there, (coach) Mark Bright, a lot of the players. It is obviously a fantastic football club, with a top manager (Roy Hodgson).”
“But I spoke to Stevie and decided to come here, because it is a great opportunity for me. When he got the job, it did make me think a little bit, and so far he is a natural,” he added.
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