Rangers have regularly been linked with a move for SC Heerenveen midfielder Joey Veerman throughout the transfer window, but Michael Ball has claimed the Dutch side will have to lower their asking price if he is to join Steven Gerrard’s side at Ibrox.
The Athletic’s Rangers correspondent Jordan Campbell confirmed recently that the Dutchman remains a target for the Gers this summer, writing: “Rangers registered interest in the 22-year-old several months ago but, while his future is almost accepted as lying away from Heerenveen, his destination is not as certain.
“There has been widespread interest in the playmaker after impressing during his two seasons at the Eredivisie club, making 53 league appearances. Italy’s Hellas Verona made a bid of around €5 million, which was rejected, and led to the player accusing Heerenveen of asking for “crazy money”. It still remains the case, however, that theirs is the only formal bid on the table and that Rangers would need to top that fee to sign Veerman.”
In a recent interview with Football Transfer Tavern, former Rangers defender Michael Ball suggested that Rangers were unlikely to pay the Eredivisie side’s current asking price, so they would have to reduce that if he is to complete a move to Ibrox.
He said: “Unfortunately the big teams aren’t willing to pay that. They’ve got to drop it, Glasgow Rangers won’t be paying nine, ten million pounds, I don’t think they’ve got that money to pay for a young kid right now.”
Whilst Rangers have gained a reputation for bargain deals during Steven Gerrard’s tenure, with both Fashion Sakala and John Lundstram joining on free transfers so far this summer, a player of Veerman’s quality is always likely to demand a hefty fee.
The £7.65m-rated midfielder demonstrated his immense quality in the Eredivise last season, contributing seven goals and 10 assists in 31 appearances, averaging a superb 7.40 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
Any deal for the midfielder would likely surpass Gerrard’s record transfer fee during his time at Rangers thus far, but he could add superb quality to the 41-year-old’s side, after being dubbed “perfect” on the ball by Michael Mols earlier in the summer, so Ross Wilson should make a huge statement and submit the sort of bid that Heerenveen will be forced to consider.