Swansea City are plotting a £3million swoop for Rangers defender James Tavernier, as a number of clubs monitor the Gers mainstays availability.
The Daily Mail on their transfer blog (14.29) report that the recently-relegated Welsh side are “among the clubs” looking at a move for Tavernier with the Light Blues using the funds to continue Steven Gerrard’s rebuild of the side.
Tavernier joined the Gers from Wigan in 2015 and has been a constant feature in the side ever since – making 140 appearances and scoring 26 times.
The right-back is under contract at Ibrox until 2021 after signing a new deal with the Gers in February.
Football Insider verdict:
Tavernier has been the only outfield player to be such a consistent part of the side over the last three years and is a big part of how the Gers play. Last season’s partnership with Daniel Candeias down the right was one of the few bright spots in a poor campaign for the Gers and he would be a loss to Steven Gerrard’s side. With no obvious replacement at the club, the Gers would need to splash out on a new right-back immediately which would likely eat into the reported £3million fee they would get for Tavernier. There’s not been any real links with a new right back over the summer and moving Tavernier on so soon before the European campaign begins would see the Gers almost certainly go into their game with three new defenders in the back four – and a change of goalkeeper too. Whether Tavernier would want to head back to English football or not isn’t clear and staying at Ibrox to finish off the push for a major trophy would likely appeal to the defender after the last few seasons.
In other Rangers transfer news, Steven Gerrard has revealed the Gers ‘love’ this Ibrox star.