Whelan verdict on how many Rangers raids Gerrard will make after 'huge' Ibrox update
Rangers will be “wary” of Aston Villa’s financial might if Steven Gerrard swoops for his former stars, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted Ryan Kent and Glen Kamara could return to England to provide “competition” for Gerrard at Villa.
According to the Daily Record (November 12th), Aston Villa are set to revive their interest in Kamara, 26, in January now that Gerrard is at the club – with sporting director Johan Lange having watched the midfielder in previous transfer windows.
The report also claims the Midlands club are targeting winger Ryan Kent. However, that potential move is at a much less advanced stage.
Kamara recently penned a new deal at Ibrox until 2025, protecting his transfer value amid interest from potential suitors.
A Villa source told Football Insider the club’s owners will provide “huge” funds to Gerrard in January and next summer.
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Whelan insisted Rangers will be “worried” about losing their stars despite a potential transfer windfall.
“Rangers will be worried, but they’ll also be wary of that financial aspect of any deal with Aston Villa,” he told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury.
“Gerrard will be wanting to take maybe one or two with him. Let’s not forget that he has a really healthy squad at Villa, with good squad depth as well.
“There are great players coming through, they have one of the best academies in the country.
“There will always be that danger when a manager leaves his old club behind, we’ve seen it before. It’s no surprise that managers look towards players they can trust.
“Gerrard will want the likes of Kent and Kamara as competition at Aston Villa.
“He will have to take stock and assess what he’s got before looking into the transfer market.”