By Wayne Veysey

1st Feb, 2020 | 11:16am

Rangers two offers for £5m playmaker revealed - Ibrox Sources

Rangers tabled two separate offers for Sheffield United playmaker Luke Freeman in January, Football Insider understands.

The Scottish giants made moves for the 27-year-old after he lost his place in Chris Wilder’s squad as well as team.

Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that manager Steven Gerrard sanctioned the pursuit of Freeman to boost his team’s title and European hopes.

Rangers made two separate loan offers for the attacking midfielder, one at the end of the window and one earlier in January.

Both were knocked back by Sheffield United, who opted to hang on to Freeman despite the club-record £20million+ signing of midfielder Sander Berge from Genk in the last 48 hours of the window.

Rangers and Celtic tried to sign Freeman as well as multiple Championship clubs led by Nottingham Forest.

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Freeman was on their radar as he has struggled for game time at Bramall Lane since signing from QPR last summer for £5m.

He has made just three Premier League starts among 13 appearances for Wilder’s side in all competitions, but has yet to score and his only assist came against non-league Fylde in the FA Cup.

Tellingly, he has not even made the matchday squad for United’s last four league fixtures, with only a single appearance since early December.

This is a far cry from last season when Freeman was one of the outstanding attacking players in the Championship.

In 48 appearances for QPR in 2018-19, Freeman scored nine goals and supplied eight assists.

In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that the club agreed a last-gap deadline day deal costing a six-figure sum.