Rangers are reportedly interested in signing Anderlecht defender James Lawrence this summer as Steven Gerrard looks to bolster his centre-back options – and they may have just received a boost in their pursuit.
The Daily Record claimed earlier this week that 26-year-old defender Lawrence is a target for Gerrard, after impressing with Belgian side Anderlecht and breaking into the Wales squad last season.
It is believed Anderlecht and new player-manager Vincent Kompany wants £3million for the defender, but Rangers face competition from the English Championship.
The latest report from the Daily Record, though, reckons Lawrence is keen on a return to the United Kingdom – 11 years after leaving Queens Park Rangers’ academy in 2008.
Lawrence started out at Arsenal’s academy as an eight-year-old before moving to QPR until, aged 15, he moved to the Netherlands with HFC Haarlem and then Ajax. Spells in Holland, Slovakia and now Belgium have followed.
The report claims that Lawrence now wants to return to these shores, which will come as a boost to Rangers but also the English clubs interested. It is believed Kompany’s arrival has put Lawrence’s place in doubt, while Gerrard has made an enquiry.
Lawrence would be an excellent signing for Rangers. With the club nearing their sixth and seventh signings of the summer in the form of George Edmundson and Joe Aribo, they are strides ahead of Celtic in the market.
Landing Lawrence would be an excellent way to complete their work, with the club certainly in need of a couple of centre-back additions. Edmundson and Lawrence would complete that.
Certainly, Lawrence has experience in European competition and at international level. Strong, physical and excellent in the air, he is also composed with the ball at his feet. £3million is a bargain.