Leeds United must hijack Rangers’ bid to sign Mark Beevers from Bolton

According to reports in The Express on July 24, Rangers are lining up a bid to sign Bolton Wanderers centre-back Mark Beevers, and Leeds United must hijack any move.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Express report that Gers boss Steven Gerrard sent out a scout to watch the 28-year-old in action last weekend, with him possibly being a cheaper option than Millwall’s Jake Cooper given he is going into the final year of his contract with the Lancashire outfit.

The Express report that despite the fact that the former Liverpool and England captain has already strengthened his backline ahead of the new campaign as he attempts to snatch the Scottish Premiership title away from Celtic, he is still keen to add a left-sided centre-half to his squad.

Meanwhile, following another disappointing 2017/18 campaign and the return of Matthew Pennington to Everton following a loan spell, the Yorkshire outfit have been left with just three senior centre-backs – Pontus Jansson, Liam Cooper and Conor O’Shaughnessy, the latter of whom is only 22 himself.

Why should Leeds sign Beevers?

Well, the Whites need an upgrade on captain Cooper if they are to really make a tilt at promotion this term, and the best option appears to be close to home in the form of Beevers.

The 28-year-old, who is also reported to be a target for Rangers boss Steven Gerrard, showed his defensive qualities for the Trotters during the 2017/18 campaign, and according to WhoScored.com he won 239 of the 384 aerial duels he faced in 44 Championship appearances as the Lancashire outfit narrowly avoided relegation on the final day.

Meanwhile, he also made 69 interceptions, won 72 tackles and made 385 clearances, and he looks as though he would be the perfect partner for Jansson this term and could be a favourite among the fans, some of whom are backing the club to make what would be the signing of the summer.

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