Rangers were linked with a move for Sheffield United midfielder John Lundstram in January and, with the 27-year-old still yet to sign a new contract with the Blades, Ross Wilson and Steven Gerrard should reignite their interest in him in the hopes of bringing him to Ibrox ahead of next season.
Lundstram enjoyed an excellent campaign with Sheffield United last season as the Yorkshire side secured a top 10 finish in their first year back in the top flight, but things have not worked out this season and they look destined for relegation back to the Championship.
The former Oxford United man contributed an impressive five goals and three assists in 34 appearances last season, despite featuring predominantly in a defensive midfield role, and he earned a solid 6.70 WhoScored average rating for his performances in the English top flight.
This season, however, he has managed no goals and two assists in 24 league appearances, averaging a disappointing 6.30 WhoScored rating, so it definitely seems that his drop in performances has been a major factor in the Blades’ woeful season so far.
Rangers were reportedly said to be waiting in the wings for Lundstram ahead of his contract expiry at the end of the season, although the midfielder is apparently seeking a wage of around £40,000 a week, which certainly wouldn’t suit the Ibrox outfit when you consider that Kemar Roofe reportedly earns £35,000 a week, the most of any Rangers player.
However, Lundstram showed last season with Sheffield United that he can be an excellent hard-working player in a well-organised team, so if he could rediscover that form with Rangers, then it seems like he would be an excellent fit in Gerrard’s side.
The Englishman has certainly impressed his teammates during his time at Bramall Lane, with club captain Billy Sharp full of praise for him last season, saying: “He’s got all the attributes. He runs so much in a game, he provides assists and goals. He’s a real menace to other teams and a great player to have.”
Although the Scottish champions may well have been put off by Lundstram’s reported demands, they should definitely revisit the idea of signing him ahead of the summer, as there may well be other Premier League clubs who are willing to offer him that sort of wage but hopefully the 27-year-old can be swayed by the prospect of playing in the Champions League under Gerrard next season.
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