By Harvey Byrne
Experienced centre-back Christophe Berra has held talks with Hearts officials after it was announced he would be leaving Ipswich this summer, according to a report.
News outlet HITC Sport has claimed that Rangers have also expressed an interest in the 32-year-old, but Hearts have now emerged as favourites to land his signature.
The report follows on from the official Ipswich website confirming on Tuesday that the 35-time capped Scotland international would be leaving the Championship side at the end of his contract this summer so that he could return to his homeland to spend more time with his daughter.
Now, it is believed that Rangers and Hearts are interested in acquiring his services, but Berra has previously played for the Edinburgh-based side for six years between 2003 and 2009.
With talks also now underway between the player and his former club it is looking as though Rangers may have to turn their attentions elsewhere.
However, the HITC report does also claim that Berra won’t be making a decision on his future until after a family holiday, meaning there is still time for the Ibrox giants.
The two Scottish clubs are currently separated by two places and 15 points in the Premiership table and it is thought that both sides will be looking to improve their respective teams this summer.
Football Insider verdict:
It was clear that Rangers were already in need of an experienced centre-back and following reports on Tuesday that the club are preparing to release duo Clint Hill and Philippe Senderos this summer, the need has only been added to. Now, Berra has previously shown in his career that he has what it takes to play at the highest level and he even clocked up 96 appearances for Wolves in the Premier League during his time in England. It also shows that he is still a quality player in the fact that Ipswich wanted to keep hold of him while he played in 44 of their 46 Championship matches this season and Rangers must make an attempt to sign him at the very least in order to improve their shaky back line.
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