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Rangers wanted Rekeem Harper on loan but should now launch permanent move

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Rangers wanted Rekeem Harper on loan but should now launch permanent move

Rekeem Harper’s contract expires in the summer.

Last summer, West Bromwich Albion chased Rangers defender James Tavernier.

And Rangers asked for Rekeem Harper on loan as part of the Tavernier deal, according to The Express and Star.

That deal failed to transpire and both players remained at their respective clubs.

But with Harper’s contract situation becoming increasingly precarious, perhaps Rangers should swoop again.

This time, though, Steven Gerrard should target the midfield starlet on a permanent deal.

 

According to The Express and Star, West Brom manager Darren Moore is confident Harper will commit his future to the Baggies.

But Rangers could give him an interesting decision to make by offering him a contract at Ibrox.

Rangers would only have to pay a compensation fee as they would land him when his contract expires at the end of the season.

This seems like a risk worth taking, given how highly West Brom rate their academy product.

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The 18-year-old has played five games for the Baggies this season and impressed in yesterday’s FA Cup win over Wigan Athletic.

The next step for the England under-19 international is to break into the side on a regular basis, having made on substitute appearance in the league.

But Rangers could offer him first-team football in the near future, with Harper potentially being Lassana Coulibably’s replacement after the Angers midfielder’s loan ends.

At such a cut-price fee, Gerrard should definitely try to poach the talented teenager.

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