Date: 25th May 2018 at 2:01pm
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Rangers must ambush reported talks between Nottingham Forest and Michael Dawson, as their quest for a solid centre-back intensifies.

The Daily Mail’s transfer blog (Tuesday, 14.18) reported that Dawson was in talks over a return to former club Nottingham Forest, with his contract at Hull expiring at the end of June.

Dawson would be a free agent and bring with him a raft of experience after playing 324 games for Tottenham.

Rangers were strongly linked with a deal for another veteran centre-back Martin Skrtel, but that is now said to be dead in the water after a fee of £5million and high wages were demanded.

Dawson would be the ideal alternative.

He might not have the same pedigree as Skrtel, but the 6ft 2 enforcer has masses of Premier League experience and is said to be the man Aitor Karanka wants to rebuild his Nottingham Forest squad.

With Forest looking for promotion from the Championship, if he can do a job there he can do a job in the Premiership, and he’d bring experience which Gerrard could team up with a younger centre-back.

Dawson has already said that he’d consider a move to Rangers.

Talking on the Alan Brazil Breakfast Show on talkSPORT (Monday May 14, 6am), Dawson said that Rangers would be a good option to have in the summer.

That’s an offer that Gerrard should look to exploit, but with talks reportedly ongoing now, it can’t wait until he arrives officially on June 1.

Instead, Gerrard should set Mark Allen loose, and Allen should use everything at his disposal to ensure that Dawson sees Rangers as a better option that Forest.

Dawson is reportedly on £30k-a-week at Hull, but it’s unlikely that either Nottingham Forest or Rangers would match that – £15k-a-week for a solid free agent like Dawson would represent a great deal.

He could still do a great job at Rangers but time is ticking.

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