By Gabriel Agbonlahor

19th Nov, 2021 | 12:00pm

Agbonlahor swipes at Ryan Kent and Rangers teammate as he tips Aston Villa to sign far better players

Steven Gerrard will not want to bring any of his Rangers squad with him to Aston Villa because he can now attract players of a “different level”.

That is the view of Villa’s record Premier League goalscorer Gabby Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Gerrard’s transfer plan.

A club source told Football Insider (November 12) the new manager will be backed heavily by the owners in the January transfer window and next summer.

Meanwhile, a Rangers source told this site today (November 18) new boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst will have to sell players if he wants to bring new blood into his squad during the winter window.

Asked if Gerrard may do his old club a favour and sign anybody from Rangers in the new year, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Sometimes managers do bring players from clubs that they used to be at.

“But sometimes managers understand that it is a fresh start at a different level of football club.

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“There’s a wider net of players that you can attract. Aston Villa is an attractive club, he’ll look at it and think ‘Ryan Kent did well for me, Alfredo Morelos did well for me but I can’t attract better players than them’. He’s got the whole world to choose from.

“I don’t really see him looking at anybody from Rangers. I see him looking at better players out there in the world.”

Gerrard‘s first match as a Premier League boss is on Saturday when Aston Villa host Brighton & Hove Albion at Villa Park.

A defeat could see them drop into the relegation zone.

In other news, Dean Smith is plotting to lure an Aston Villa loanee to Norwich City in January.