EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Rangers are among a number of clubs eyeing a move for highly-rated Plymouth defender Sonny Bradley on a free transfer, Football Insider sources understand.
Bradley, a 6ft 5in centre-back, is out of contract at Plymouth this summer and although he has been offered a new deal at Home Park a number of clubs have been alerted to his potential availability on a free transfer.
The 26-year-old has established himself as one of the best central defenders in the Football League after impressing for Plymouth during the last couple of seasons.
A well-placed source has told Football Insider that incoming Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is in the market for defensive reinforcements this summer and has given the green light to the pursuit.
David Bates is leaving the club to join German side Hamburg on a free transfer while doubts surround the long-term future of Bruno Alves and Bradley’s free agent status makes him an attractive proposition.
Rangers’ Scottish Premiership rivals Hearts are also weighing up a move for former Hull defender Bradley as they look to improve their squad ahead of next season.
Bolton Wanderers are long-term admirers of the defender and they are monitoring Bradley’s situation.
Bradley would fit the type of player Bolton are looking to sign as he is a free agent and Phil Parkinson is a big fan of the towering defender.
Plymouth are keen to keep hold of Bradley, but they are unlikely to be able to compete with any offers on the table from Rangers, Hearts or Bolton.