By Wayne Veysey

23rd Feb, 2021 | 5:00pm

West Ham plot swoop for Rangers ace Goldson after contract talks update

West Ham are keeping tabs on Rangers defender Connor Goldson ahead of the summer window, Football Insider has learned.

The centre-back, 28, enters the final 12 months of his contract in the summer and talks over an extension have been delayed.

A West Ham source has told Football Insider that Goldson is on their radar again as they assess potential central defenders.

David Moyes is set to be in the market for at least one, and potentially two, senior players in that position this summer.

Goldson was also on West Ham’s radar last year, when he was valued by Rangers at around the £6million mark.

He has also attracted interest in the past from the likes of Leeds United, Fulham and West Brom.

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Goldson revealed last month he had yet to hear from the club about a potential new contract to replace his existing agreement, which expires in the summer of 2022.

Steven Gerrard has subsequently said the senior stars’ contract talks have been put off so the club can focus on their title pursuit, which is almost certain to now yielded a 55th league title.

Goldson has been absolutely integral to that and has been a formidable figure in a backline that has conceded just nine goals in 30 league matches this season.

He has barely missed a minute of first-team action since his arrival from Brighton in 2018 and Gerrard has long regarded him as his side’s outstanding centre-back.

Goldson has already made a remarkable 148 appearances for Rangers in less than three seasons.

He has started all 40 of the team’s Scottish Premiership and Europa League matches this term.

The West Ham first-choice pair in recent months have been Angelo Ogbonna and Craig Dawson, who is on a season-long loan from Watford.

Fabian Balbuena’s contract expires at the end of the season, while the club’s fourth senior centre-back Issa Diop was made available for loan in the January window before remaining at the club.

An injury to Ogbonna has opened the door for Diop to return to the high-flying Irons’ team for the last two matches but his future is up in the air.

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