Derby County are set to launch a move to sign Hearts star John Souttar, according to a report, after the Scotland international was linked with a move to Rangers.

TeamTalk reports that Frank Lampard’s side are said to be in “pole position” to sign Souttar but the £5million fee is a problem for the Gers.

John Souttar of Scotland during the Uefa U21 European Championship qualifier between France and Scotland at Stade Jean Bouin on March 24, 2016 in Angers, France.

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Souttar has made 31 appearances in all competitions this term, scoring one goal, and is reported to be on Steven Gerrard’s list of summer targets.

Derby have been interested in Souttar before, with previous manager Steve McLaren confirming that he had watched the player against the Gers.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 13: John Souttar of Heart of Midlothian F.C. scores his team's second goal during the Scottish Cup Semi Final match between Heart of Midlothian and Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Hampden Park on April 13, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The Rams are currently under a ‘soft’ transfer embargo which could hinder their chances of signing Souttar – although it isn’t likely to be a huge issue for them.

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Any move will likely depend on which league County are playing their football next season, although, at the fee reported by TeamTalk, they likely won’t have any competition to sign him regardless.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JUNE 30: John Souttar of Heats in action during the UEFA Europa League First Qualifying Round match between Heart of Midlothian FC and FC Infonet Tallinn at Tyncastle Stadium on June 30, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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With a Scottish Cup final to come for Hearts next month, Souttar will be hoping to avoid any distractions and put in some impressive performances.

At £5million, that’s simply far too much for Souttar and if that’s what Derby are willing to pay for the defender then it’ll make sense for Rangers to back off.

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