The Rangers striker has proved a revelation since Steven Gerrard brought him to Ibrox last season.

Signing a striker with the calibre of Rangers’ Jermain Defoe would ensure that Sheffield United remain in the Premier League, that is according to Stan Collymore.

Defoe scored 163 goals in 496 English top flight appearances before joining Rangers on an 18-month loan in January. 

And he has continued to bang them in for Rangers, where his record – 21 in 38 – is greater than one in two.

In contrast, Sheffield United are the Premier League’s seventh-lowest scorers, despite being sixth in the standings – with a quarter of their overall tally arriving in Saturday’s 3-0 win against Burnley. 

And Collymore, the former Liverpool and England striker, wrote in his column for The Daily Mirror on Tuesday (page 51): “Sheffield United were one of my tips for relegation and, of course, that might still happen.

“But their football and belief so far, and Chris Wilder’s no-nonsense style of management, have been a pleasure to watch.

“Defensively, they are conceding 0.75 goals a game — Champions League percentages — and what they need now is to push on from a very solid start. To do that they need more goals and if they get them they will be safe.

“I’d imagine a loan striker will be top of Wilder’s Christmas wish-list because if they can get a poacher of Jermain Defoe’s calibre — all relegation bets will be off.”

Defoe was a target for Sheffield United prior to his move to Rangers, according to The Star.

But the chances of the 37-year-old being prised away from Rangers mid-season look slim – should Sheffield United again be keen. 

And anyway, the Blades’ squad already possesses a poacher in the shape of Billy Sharp. 

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