By Wayne Veysey
Rangers are “inundated” with interest in skipper James Tavernier but have slapped a £10million price tag on him this window to fend off suitors, Football Insider understands.
Football Insider first revealed Aston Villa’s desire to sign the right-back at the start of last month and they have been joined in the race by Brighton, multiple Championship clubs as well as teams from Italy and Spain.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that the club are “inundated” with calls from clubs enquiring about Tavernier, who is at the peak of his powers after four seasons at the Light Blues.
However, Rangers are keen to fend off all interest in a player Steven Gerrard regards as central to his plans for next season and it would take a mammoth price tag to force them to sell.
The figure being mooted behind the scenes at Ibrox is £10million, not far off the price the club are demanding for star striker Alfredo Morelos, who is five years younger than 27-year-old Tavernier.
Gerrard has admitted that Rangers are vulnerable to losing their captain to a Premier League outfit and revealed “there have been calls about Tav with clubs interested”.
He is in demand because he is of a style that fits the modern full-back mould of being dangerous on the overlap and a mass creator of goals.
To add to the 20 assists from 57 matches in all competitions last season, Tavernier was also a prodigious scorer from penalties, free-kicks and set-pieces, with a remarkable 17 strikes to his name.
He has three more years to run on his contract that expires in the summer of 2022.
In other Rangers news, it can be revealed that the club are set to complete the signing of an attacking player from Premier League giants next week.