'Gerrard has to be worried now' - Exclusive: Whelan reacts to Rangers transfer speculation
Steven Gerrard will be fretting over Rangers cashing in on star man Alfredo Morelos in January.
That is the verdict of ex-Aberdeen striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the speculation of growing Premier League interest in the striker.
Morelos is attracting strong interest from south of the border after banging in 22 goals from 26 appearances for the Light Blues in a stunning start to the campaign.
It’s been widely reported that the likes of Aston Villa and Crystal Palace are keeping close tabs on the Colombia international ahead of January.
Football Insider revealed last month that Rangers value Morelos at £25million, the same Scottish-record fee Celtic secured for Kieran Tierney when he joined Arsenal in the summer.
“The more goals Morelos keeps scoring, the bigger problem Rangers have got,” Whelan told Football Insider. “You look at Premier League teams who need a goalscorer, they’re going to be looking at Morelos.
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“I’m sure there will be offers for him in January. He’s scoring bundles of goals, playing brilliantly, he’s young and has room for improvement.
“Steven Gerrard’s said Morelos won’t go, but can the board continue to hold on if big offers come in? Privately, Gerrard has to be worried now, and that will be the same until the January window shuts.
“Premier League clubs have the money to afford Morelos. Goalscorers are rare commodities. I’m not sure what the Rangers board will do, but money often talks in these situations.”
Morelos, 23, has thrived this season after reducing the disciplinary issues that clouded his first two seasons in Scotland.
He was sent off five times last season, but has received just five bookings in the new campaign while spearheading his side’s domestic and European trophy assault.