Ibrox Exclusive: Rangers plot signing Liverpool 28yo set to take big pay cut
Rangers may assess the viability of luring Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne on a summer free, Football Insider understands.
The right-back, 28, is out of contract at the end of June and is set to leave Anfield after not being offered an extension.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that manager Steven Gerrard is weighing up enquiring about Clyne’s interest in a move north of the border.
The defender’s career has stalled in recent years, due to two serious injuries and the astonishing emergence of Trent Alexander-Arnold.
He has not had a single minute of senior action this season after suffering a cruciate ligament injury on Liverpool’s tour of the US last July.
The 14-times England international is likely to have to accept a major pay cut on his current deal, worth around £70,000-a-week and signed when he moved from Southampton in 2015.
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As revealed by Football Insider earlier this month, Clyne is one of five senior Liverpool stars set for the exit in a significant summer overhaul.
Gerrard may look to sign one new right-back this summer, amid doubts over the futures of all three of his current senior players in that position.
Skipper James Tavernier may depart following his recent fall from grace, another former Liverpool man, Jon Flanagan, is out of contract in the summer while there is a possibility Matt Polster could be let go as well.
Were all three to leave, Rangers would need a new recruit to provide competition for their highly-rated teenager Nathan Patterson, who is regarded as a first-team star of the future.
Gerrard has used his Anfield contacts to previously sign Ryan Kent in the club’s second-most expensive ever signing and also Sheyi Ojo and Ovie Ejaria on season-long loans.
In other Rangers news, the club are set for a U-turn on blockbuster deal for £30,000-a-week ace.