Rangers have tabled a £4million bid for Swansea centre-forward Oli McBurnie as Steven Gerrard aims to make the Scotland international his first signing at Ibrox, according to a report.
The Sun claims that the Premier League club are looking to wrap up a new deal for McBurnie, 21, as he enters the final year of his contract at the Liberty Stadium, but the Gers are hopeful that they will accept a cash offer after the striker impressed on loan at Barnsley in the second half of the campaign.
It is understood that Leeds and Derby are also looking to sign up the goal machine who is in the form of his life having scored nine goals in 17 Championship appearances his loan spell at Barnsley.
McBurnie is a boyhood Rangers fan, and the report adds that it would “virtually impossible” for him to turn down a deal to move to Ibrox.
Football Insider verdict
McBurnie would be a fantastic addition at Ibrox in the summer and Gerrard is right to have the Swansea forward high on his list. £4million is definitely a bold bid by the Gers as it almost doubles their biggest transfer of last year when Carlos Pena arrived for just over £2million. However it may take more than that to sign McBurnie as Swansea’s relegation from the Premier League may mean that he could be used as a key player by them in the Championship. For a young forward who has been in excellent form, £4million is a bit low and Swansea are likely to reject that and ask the Light Blues to bump up their offer. Leeds and Derby are definitely two teams that Rangers should be wary of as well. McBurnie was born in Leeds and used to play in their academy so a return to West Yorkshire is certainly on the cards as well.