Rangers are reported to be interested in signing Ben Woodburn from Liverpool – and a move would surely spell the end for Ryan Hardie.

According to the Scottish Sun, the Gers want to bring the Liverpool youngster in on loan after a disappointing spell with Sheffield United.

26th December 2018, Dens Park, Dundee, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Dundee versus Livingston; Ryan Hardie of Livingston during the warm up before the match

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Blackburn, Brentford, Hull, West Brom and Wigan are all also reportedly interested.

Woodburn only started once at Bramall Lane before being recalled by Liverpool at the start of this month.

Hardie is currently back at Ibrox training after spending the first half of the season on loan.

The striker missed 16 games earlier in the season but has been in fine form since returning to action.

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 15: Ben Woodburn of Wales in action during the Wales Training Session at the Cardiff City Stadium on November 15, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales.

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His current Ibrox deal is up in the summer and signing Woodburn would push him further down the pecking order.

It’s unclear if Hardie will get a new contract but a new striker signing would make it seem very unlikely.


There’s also a possibility that Hardie is sent out on loan again as a last chance to earn a contract.

Although Woodburn is typically more of a wide player, the Gers already have a surplus of wingers.

PAISLEY, SCOTLAND - JULY 30: Ryan Hardie of St Mirren misses a fine chance during the match beTFRED Cup Group Stage match between St Mirren and Edinburgh City at St Mirren Park on July 30, 2016 in Paisley, Scotland.

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This would likely see the Wales international moved centrally and potentially used as a second striker.

With Alfredo Morelos, Jermain Defoe and Kyle Lafferty available, Woodburn would give Gerrard some good depth.

Ryan Kent’s success at Ibrox on loan could also prove to be a factor with the winger becoming a key player since his arrival.



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