"I started training here when I was 12 years old and used to come through the main stand maybe twice a week".
"It was always going to happen at some point, obviously I played with Stevie for England, I mean what a guy". Someone gave me a shout two or three weeks ago to say Bomber (John Brown) wanted my number. The phone will be off the hook in his office but there will be few sympathies for him from the Light Blues faithful, who are desperate to see significant improvements in the senior side after a roller coaster of a campaign. We kept talking and here we are.
"I want to follow Stevie, yea of course!" an excited Defoe told Sky Sports News with a smile and a glint in his eye.
'There are so many great memories and you couldn't write the script for some of them now.
"Hopefully it will be a good partnership and I heard the coaching staff he is bringing are very good so that can only be a positive".
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Rangers are making further bids, with reports claiming Brighton have rejected an initial offer for centre-back Connor Goldson.
He added: "Hopefully he will bring that winning mentality back".
"We need to make this place a fortress where nobody wants to come", he said.
"He is vastly experienced goalkeeper who we feel can add to the options available to us now", Gerrard told the club website.
"I need to sit down with Steven and go through every single thing in detail, we're doing everything on the telephone at the moment because he's not here".