Exclusive: Rangers make approach to sign World Cup star as Allen steps up recruitment blitz

EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke

Rangers are among several clubs chasing Iran World Cup defender Milad Mohammadi, Football Insider sources understands.

Scottish giants Rangers, Huddersfield Town, Stoke City and Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven have all made enquiries about signing Mohammadi during this summer’s transfer window.

Left-back Mohammadi made two appearances at the World Cup for Iran, in his country’s clashes against Spain and Portugal.

Rangers are in the market for a new left-back as doubts continue to surround the long-term future of Lee Wallace following his suspension from the club at the back end of the season and the decision to take the captaincy off him in favour of James Tavernier.

Director of football Mark Allen is spearheading the approach after already recruiting nine players this summer in alliance with manager Steven Gerrard and the board of directors.

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Huddersfield and Stoke have also been tracking Mohammadi as they look to strengthen their defensive options, while PSV are hoping to lure the player to Holland.

The 24-year-old currently plies his trade in the Russian Premier League with Akhmat Grozny after joining the club in February 2016.

Mohammadi, who can play as a full-back or winger, has made 52 appearances for Akhmat Grozny since his arrival and his performances for club and country have brought him to the attention of a number of clubs across Europe.

Mohammadi is entering the final year of his contract at Akhmat Grozny and although the Russian club value him at €3.5million (£3million) his suitors believe they can land him for a bargain fee due to his contract situation.

In other Rangers news, the Scottish giants have been made overwhelming favourites to sign a Premier League striker with a glittering record.