Rangers have been thwarted in their bid to sign West Ham midfielder Conor Coventry in recent days, Football Insider can reveal.
The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international snubbed interest from north of the border to sign a new three-and-a-half year Hammers deal on Friday, which was announced 24 hours later.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider the Scottish giants were keen on landing Coventry, 19, before he committed to the new West Ham agreement.
Steven Gerrard’s title challengers offered a contract to the central midfielder as they looked to land him for a bargain fee.
Coventry’s previous contract at the Premier League club had been due to expire at the end of the season.
Rangers joined Celtic in trying to lure the London-born teenager to Glasgow, just as they had done with Joe Aribo last summer when they won the race to sign him on a free transfer.
But the rising star decided instead to commit to West Ham as he wants to establish himself in their first team.
A lengthy contract stand-off that had begun at the start of this season finally ended with a breakthrough in talks last week as Rangers held their breath.
Coventry has made two West Ham senior appearances, both of which have come in the League Cup, and is the captain of the club’s Under-23s side.
His new Hammers deal runs until the summer of 2023, although he is still expected to go out on loan for the second half of this season.
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