Date: 13th July 2018 at 1:33pm
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EXCLUSIVE

Rangers have opened preliminary talks to sign Akmat Grozny left-back Milad Mohammadi as they look to beat off rival interest from PSV Eindhoven, Football Insider sources understands.

Steven Gerrard’s team have turned their attention to landing the World Cup player, who starred from Iran during the summer showpiece, as they continue their summer recruitment blitz.

A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Rangers have started negotiations as they look to take advantage of the fact that Mohammadi has entered the final year of his contract.

There is rival interest from English clubs Stoke City and Huddersfield Town, while Dutch big hitters PSV are also pushing hard to capture the 24-year-old, who can play both in defence and in a more advanced left-wing role.

Mohammadi is valued at £3million by Grozy but Rangers will look to secure a fee of around £1.5million.

Rangers are in the market for a new left-back as doubts continue to surround the long-term future of Lee Wallace, who was omitted from the squad that got Gerrard’s reign off to a triumphant start with a 2-0 Europa League qualifier win on Thursday night.

Mohammadi, who can play as a full-back or winger, has made 52 appearances for Akhmat Grozny since his arrival in February 2016 and has also accumulated 21 international caps.

He is well known for his throw-in routines in which he sometimes performs a somersault to launch the ball with even greater momentum and velocity.

In other Rangers news, the Scottish giants have been made overwhelming favourites to sign a Premier League striker with a glittering record.