By Will Butcher
Rangers have been told to pay nearly £1million to land Walsall star striker Tom Bradshaw, according to a report.
The Shrewsbury-born attacker scored 20 goals this season and has been the subject of interest from the likes of Bristol City and Barnsley, who made a bid of £400,000 earlier this summer.
The Daily Record claim that The Gers need to table a bid of £900,000 if the 23-year-old is to make a move to the Ibrox this summer.
Manager Mark Warburton is in the market for a striker after already making eight signings this summer, and has been linked with the likes of Dundee’s versatile forward Greg Stewart as well as on-fire Wigan striker Will Grigg.
Rangers have just Martyn Waghorn and Kenny Miller as recognised first-team strikers, while 19-year-old prospect Ryan Hardie could be sent out on-loan for the second successive season if Warburton brings in a striker.
Bradshaw signed for League One promotion hopefuls Walsall despite scoring just 17 goals in 89 league games, but has since found his shooting boots at the Bescot Stadium.
The Wales international has found the back of the net once every two games for Jon Whitney’s men, with 34 goals in 70 league games.
Whitney is under pressure to cash in on his star man, with only 12 months remaining on Bradshaw’s contract and the striker free to talk to any non-English clubs come the turn of the year.
Walsall manager Whitney said: “There is going to be interest but Tom has got a market value. He is a striker that scores one in two. You cannot just let him go.”
In other Rangers news, new signing Niko Kranjcar has given his verdict on the team’s playing style under Warburton.