By Harvey Byrne
Rangers are eyeing Ipswich centre-back Christophe Berra, according to a report.
Scottish publication the Edinburgh News has claimed the the Gers have joined Premiership rivals Hearts in the pursuit of the 32-year-old defender.
It is believed the two clubs are wanting to bring the 33-time capped Scotland international in during the summer with his contract set to expire in June.
But, it is also reported that the Championship side have an option to extend Berra’s contract for another year, while he is keen on making a return to Scotland.
The defender is formerly of Hearts and broke through their academy before switching to England with Wolves in 2009.
It is claimed that the Tynecastle side have been waiting in the wings since January and are ready to move if Berra does become available, but Rangers are also ready to compete for his signature.
The report also states that the Edinburgh-born player is aware of interest from both camps, but he cannot make a decision until Ipswich confirm their plans for him.
Rangers currently boast the joint third best defensive record in the Scottish top flight, but the back four has often came in for some criticism this season and Berra could be viewed as the answer.
Football Insider verdict:
Rangers brought in two experienced defenders in the summer in Philippe Senderos and Clint Hill. The former has been a huge disappointment and has often let the Ibrox giants down, while Hill has arguably been the club’s best centre-back this season. Now, it is felt that Berra would fit the same mould as the 38-year-old former QPR man. The Scotsman has been a main feature in the impressive Ipswich back line with 37 appearances in all competitions this season and if the Suffolk-based side do agree to let Berra return to Scotland then he should be a definite addition for the Gers to improve on a shaky back four.
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