West Ham are preparing to launch a late bid for Rangers right-back James Tavernier before Monday’s deadline but Steven Gerrard’s side must keep the club captain at all costs.
According to a TEAMtalk exclusive, West Ham are looking for reinforcements at the back before the transfer window closes.
And David Moyes’ side are interested in the skipper even though Rangers have insisted that he is not for sale.
However, as we all know, anything can happen between now and the end of the transfer window, so Gers fans will have to keep their fingers crossed that he stays for the foreseeable future.
It remains to be seen how much it will take to prise Tavernier away from the Ibrox Stadium with the Englishman valued at a mere £4.5m on Transfermarkt, a short fall from £5.4m this time last year, but so far the Gers are refusing to sell him.
It is no secret that Tavernier has turned out to be a real bargain worth every bit of the £250k fee the club paid for him back in 2015.
This season, the Bradford-born right-back has scored six goals and supplied four assists in 11 games at the time of writing, taking 2 shots, averaging 2.3 key passes and 2.4 tackles per game in the Scottish Premiership so far, via WhoScored.
Over the course of his career at the Ibrox club, the Newcastle academy graduate has netted 52 times in over 250 appearances, incredible numbers for a right-back, with the majority of his goals coming in the Premiership.
Combined with 78 assists in as many matches, these kind of numbers would be hard to replace, especially considering the current circumstances.
Gerrard openly admitted he is his dream player because of how he conducts himself on-and-off the pitch.
Thankfully, the board seems to be in no rush to sell one of their key players, whilst more importantly the 28-year-old is happy to be where he is at the moment.
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