West Ham are interested in signing Glasgow Rangers right-back James Tavernier according to a report from the Daily Mail. Steven Gerrard allegedly wants to keep the 29-year-old at Ibrox, however.
Hammers boss David Moyes was desperately keen to bolster his right-back ranks at the London Stadium in the summer.
The 57-year-old succeeded in doing so by bringing Vladimir Coufal to the club. The Czech has been a real hit at West Ham but with Ryan Fredericks facing an uncertain future at the club, signing another top class right-back/right wing-back wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world.
The Daily Mail claims that the Hammers want to sign Rangers ace James Tavernier. Steven Gerrard does not want the 29-year-old to leave Ibrox, however.
And it’s little wonder why.
The former Wigan ace, who was signed for the Gers by Mark Warburton in 2015, has been in truly sensational form for Gerrard’s side this season.
The Rangers ace has racked up 16 goals and 12 assists already this term (Daily Mail). He has played a key role in Rangers’ domination of the Scottish Premiership. And he is undoubtedly one of Gerrard’s trusted on-field lieutenants.
Tavernier, who earns £14k-a-week (Salary Sport), would be an exceptional signing for West Ham.
The 29-year-old would provide stringent competition for Coufal.
TEAMtalk reported that Rangers value Tavernier at around £7 million. With 18 months still remaining on his current deal at Ibrox, however, the Gers would be crazy to sell him for such a nominal fee in January.
Next summer will be an entirely different matter, however. Gerrard obviously does not want to lose Tavernier. But it will be interesting to see Rangers’ stance if West Ham actually make a concrete offer for the 29-year-old star in January.
Especially if the right-back still hasn’t committed to a new contract.