Steven Gerrard has made 20-year-old Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke his top summer target at Rangers, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claims that Gerrard wants to bag the young forward on loan, and the report adds that both the player and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp are keen on the move too.
Klopp sees Ibrox as the perfect place for him to continue his development for a year.
The only issue is that the Liverpool manager wants to wait until after the World Cup to ensure his regular forwards don’t come back with an injury.
That means that Gerrard might have to wait until Rangers’ first Europa League qualifier on July 12.
Football Insider verdict:
All the stars seem to be aligning here, and Gerrard would end up getting his hands on one of the most promising young strikers in England. It’s true that Solanke hasn’t delivered on that promise yet, either at Chelsea or Liverpool, but breaking into those teams is almost impossible. Solanke hasn’t had a run in a team yet and scored his first league goal for Liverpool on the last day of the season. If he does move, he’ll have a point to prove and you’d have to think that the Premiership is the perfect place for him to do that. The Europa League is a bit of a conundrum. It means that Rangers’ season starts early and Gerrard sees progress in Europe as one of his main aims this season. You’d think a deal could be worked out that would see Solanke hook up with his new teammates with a clause that would enable Liverpool to recall if disaster struck at the World Cup. If that did happen you’d have to think that Klopp would enter the transfer market anyway, rather than rely on a striker he doesn’t have faith in yet.