Rangers have confirmed the signing of striker Jermain Defoe from Bournemouth on an 18-month loan.The former England international moves to Ibrox in search of first-team football after struggling for regular action since re-joining the Cherries on a free transfer from Sunderland in the summer of 2017.Defoe is set to remain in Glasgow until the summer of 2020, though Bournemouth have two options to recall the veteran forward in either July 2019 or January 2020. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He is the third player to sign a deal at Rangers this month after Jordan Jones and Glen Kamara signed pre-contract agreements last week to move to Glasgow in the summer.The 36-year-old will now travel to Tenerife to link-up with the squad on their warm-weather winter training camp.He could make his debut when Rangers return to action after the winter break away at Cowdenbeath on January 18 in the Scottish Cup. Steven Gerrard’s side then travel to Kilmarnock in the Premiership five days later.Rangers are only behind leaders Celtic on goal difference as they seek their first Premiership title in eight years.Speaking of the deal, Gerrard told the club’s official website: “I’m delighted to be able to welcome Jermain to Rangers. He is an exceptionally talented striker and vastly experienced footballer who has scored goals at every club he has played for.”Director of Football Mark Allen added: “It’s really helpful to get work on this front done early in the transfer window because it means we should be able to hit the ground running after the winter break. I believe that is vitally important.”Defoe began his career at Charlton before going on to play for West Ham, Tottenham, Portsmouth, Toronto and Sunderland, scoring more than 200 goals.He also had a loan spell at Bournemouth as an 18-year-old in 2000 before returning to the club on a three-year deal 18 months ago.Defoe has scored four goals in 34 appearances in his second spell at the Vitality Stadium but has struggled to hold down a regular first-team place.He has made just three starts for Eddie Howe’s side this season, all in the Carabao Cup, and hasn’t scored since March.
zoom The Luxembourgian ro-ro company CLdN has started a new service between Denmark and the Port of Gothenburg for imports into Sweden targeting improved freight transport between Sweden, Norway, Iceland and the Faroe Islands.Namely, CLdN has begun calling at the Danish port of Hirtshals once a week en route from Zeebrugge in Belgium to the Port of Gothenburg.“Sweden is one of Denmark’s most important trading partners. This new call will link yet another Danish port to Gothenburg and increase departure frequency, consolidating conditions for trade between Denmark and Sweden even further,” said Jacob Minnhagen, Senior Manager Market Development at the Port of Gothenburg.Hirtshals has regular calls from the major Norwegian freight hubs in Kristiansand, Larvik, Bergen, Langesund and Stavanger, along with the ports of Seyðisfjörður in Iceland and Torshavn in the Faroe Islands.On arrival in Hirtshals, freight from these ports can be reloaded for onward transport to the Port of Gothenburg.“This relatively simple and rapid import route from these northerly ports gives a further broadening of the Port of Gothenburg offer,” said Minnhagen.CLdN’s service between Zeebrugge and Gothenburg comprises five departures per week, arriving in Gothenburg on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday and Monday.Gothenburg is gearing up for the beginning of the construction of a new terminal at the outer area of the port set for 2017.The new terminal was cleared for construction beside the existing ones after the port received a consent of the Land and Environment Court. The exact location will be between the Älvsborg Harbour and the Arendal Harbour, covering 220,000 square meters (equivalent to 30 football pitches).