Date: 19th December 2018 at 5:00pm
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EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke

Rangers have made a firm move to take Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke on loan during the January transfer window, Football Insider sources understands.

Gers boss Steven Gerrard has made England Under-21 international his top target to bolster his attacking options next month and is hopeful of luring Solanke to Glasgow if Liverpool allow him to go out on loan for the second half of the season.

A number of Premier League clubs, including Crystal Palace are also weighing loan moves for Solanke, but Rangers have made the first move by making formal contact with Gerrard’s formal club.

A well placed source has told Football Insider that Rangers believe the presence of the Anfield icon at Ibrox could be the deciding factor in landing Solanke and there is confidence from the manager of sealing the deal.

Rangers are in need of attacking reinforcements after sending Umar Sadiq back to Roma six months early from his loan spell at Ibrox, while the club could also face a battle to keep hold of top scorer Alfredo Morelos when the transfer window swings open next month.

Solanke currently finds himself down the pecking order at Liverpool and he has not featured for Jurgen Klopp’s side so far this season.

Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi have jumped ahead of Solanke for a spot in Liverpool’s matchday squads and Klopp might feel the 21-year-old would benefit from going out out loan.

Solanke, who joined Liverpool from Chelsea in the summer of 2017, made 21 Premier League appearances for the Reds last season, scoring one goal in the win against Brighton on the last day of the season.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that the Scottish giants are tabling a bid for a Tottenham star.