Rangers are stepping up their bid to sign a new centre-forward ahead of the new season, Football Insider understands.

Steven Gerrard’s side have made a front man their top priority after making defender Leon Balogun their fourth senior summer recruit yesterday.

Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that the club have been calling agents “every day” to try and land a striker before the Scottish season starts next week.

Gerrard and director of football Ross Wilson are working on two striker profiles: a direct replacement for Alfredo Morelos if he leaves and an impact forward who would be tasked with a broadly similar job to January loan arrival Florian Kamberi.

Rangers’ need has further increased following the pre-season hamstring injury sustained by Jermain Defoe in the 4-0 win over Motherwell.

As revealed by Football Insider, the Ibrox giants have been in pursuit of Peterborough United hitman Ivan Toney but Brentford have had a bid of up to £5million accepted and are currently in pole position.

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Rangers have been looking at the 24-year-old as a potential direct replacement for main man Morelos.

The club are also in the market for another striker who can provide a different kind of cutting edge to Defoe.

Rangers have long been prepared for the possibility of Morelos leaving this summer and will come under further pressure when the Premier League window opens next week.

He is also the subject of strong interest from French club Lille, who have made enquiries over a big-money deal.

In other news, a Rangers target who “scared” Kristoffer Ajer tells club he wants move after 7-figure bid.

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