By Wayne Veysey

24th Nov, 2020 | 11:46am

Verbal offer tabled: SPL big guns race to sign soon-available St Johnstone star - Exclusive

A number of EFL and Scottish Premiership clubs have set their sights on signing St Johnstone defender Scott Tanser, Football Insider has learned.

The left-back, 26, has claimed he is playing the “best football of my career” this season after being redeployed in a wing-back role.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that leading clubs north and south of the border are on alert as Tanser is out of contract next summer.

It can be revealed that St Johnstone have verbally offered the defender a new deal, but no agreement is in place.

Clubs in England and Scotland are readying moves for the full-back.

Sides north of the border will be wary of the financial might and pulling power of Celtic and Rangers if they look to snap Tanser up on a bargain.

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Neil Lennon’s side could be in the market for a new left-sided defender next year, especially if Diego Laxalt’s loan is not converted into a permanent deal.

Rangers are well served in that position through Borna Barisic and his able deputy Calvin Bassey, who has made a big impression since joining on a free transfer in the summer.

But the Ibrox picture could change considerably if one of Barisic’s many suitors are able to prise him from the club for what would be a major fee next year.

Tanser joined St Johnstone from Port Vale in 2017 on a free transfer.

He has started 14 of the Perth-based side’s 15 SPL matches this season and has made 119 appearances for the club during his three-and-a-half years.

In other news, Rangers are “very keen” to seal blockbuster deal by 1 January as talks lined up.