West Ham United are reportedly considering a late move for Rangers full-back James Tavernier.
According to TEAMtalk, the 28-year-old has emerged as an option for the Irons, who are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements before the October 5 deadline.
The Hammers are set to make a bid for the Englishman, but Steven Gerrard will undoubtedly fight hard to keep his captain at Ibrox.
Tavernier has been with the Light Blues since 2015, signing from Wigan Athletic.
He’s clocked up 254 first-team appearances for the club and scored a highly impressive 52 goals, although most of those have come via the penalty spot, and provided 78 assists.
Right-back Tavernier is a firm fan favourite at Ibrox, and there has been talk of the club offering him a new deal since he currently only has a couple of years left.
TBR’s View – West Ham may be barking up the wrong tree
Tavernier could probably do a good job in the current West Ham system that uses wing-backs, but one can’t help but think bidding for the star is futile.
Tavernier is the captain of Rangers and absolutely crucial for them
If Rangers are to have any hope of preventing Celtic from winning a tenth straight league title, they’ll keep the likes of Tavernier and Alfredo Morelos in their squad.
Gerrard would lose goals, assists and leadership if he sold Tavernier, so this could be a non-starter.