By Kevin Phillips

15th Nov, 2021 | 6:00pm

Rangers board tipped to have struck clever January transfer 'agreement' with Gerrard after source reveal - pundit

Rangers likely have “a verbal agreement” with Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard prohibiting him from signings players from Ibrox until the summer.

That is the view of 2000 European Golden Shoe winner Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 41-year-old’s move to Villa Park on Thursday.

The likes of Glen Kamara and Ryan Kent have already been heavily linked with joining their ex-manager in the Premier League.

A Villa source has told Football Insider their chief executive Christian Purslow has promised Gerrard “huge” funds will be made available in the winter and summer transfer window.

The Midlands club are currently 16th in the Premier League.

However, their owners are highly ambitious and want their side challenging for Europe in the not so distant future.

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When asked by Football Insider if the Gers may have an agreement which stop Gerrard from poaching their stars, Phillips said: “It’s a real possibility.

“It would not surprise me. This sort of thing happens in football.

“First and foremost, Rangers would not have wanted to lose Steven Gerrard. He made it clear he wanted to leave though so they couldn’t really stop him.

“I think the Rangers board will have been clever and sanctioned it on the proviso he does not come back an unsettle the players. Whether that’s in writing or a verbal agreement.

“Rangers will not want to receive offers for their players until at least the summer. For that reason, it would not surprise me if a deal was put in place.”

In other news, Rangers have been tipped to seal a ‘wow factor’ appointment after Jim White name checks 40-yr-old.