By Wayne Veysey

27th Apr, 2020 | 2:44pm

Exclusive: Toure playing integral role in potential Rangers transfer

Kolo Toure is integral to Leicester City’s pursuit of Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos, Football Insider has learned.

The Colombia international is on the target list of the Premier League high flyers, as this site revealed in detail last week.

A Leicester source has told Football Insider that Toure, who is a member of Brendan Rodgers’ backroom staff at the club after holding a similar position at Celtic, is a particularly strong admirer of Morelos.

The former Arsenal, Man City, Liverpool and Hoops centre-back is convinced the 23-year-old has the all-round game to be a real handful to Premier League defenders.

Leicester are in the market for top quality back-up to main spearhead Jamie Vardy this summer amid doubts over the future of Kelechi Iheanacho.

Football Insider revealed last Tuesday that Leicester had started a “deep dive” into Morelos’ character and background as they explore a potential summer deal.

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Rangers’ hopes of a £25-30million fee for Morelos have evaporated due to the impact Covid-19 is having on football’s finances.

The expectation is transfer fees will significantly plummet in the next window due to slashed revenues at clubs as a result of the pandemic.

Morelos‘ suitors, who include multiple Premier League clubs as well as teams in France and Spain, believe Rangers may be forced into a sale for around £15m this summer.

The forward was electric in the first half of the campaign, when he banged in 28 goals in all competitions and mostly avoided the controversies that dogged his first two Ibrox campaigns.

He failed to match those heights after the winter break, scoring just a single goal from 11 matches and incurring the wrath of Steven Gerrard for breaking a curfew.

In other Rangers news, Brown has claimed Gerrard on the phone “every day” over signing: “Celtic are aware…”.