Gers join two PL clubs with interest in £1.5m-rated CB - report
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Rangers join West Ham, Aston Villa with interest in £1.5m-rated CB - report

The Scottish Sun reports that Rangers are interested in Gillingham centre-back Jack Tucker, but face competition from Celtic, West Ham and Aston Villa.

The 20-year-old came through the youth setup at the Gills and made his first-team debut back in 2017.

Gillingham’s Tucker is reportedly being watched by Rangers, West Ham and Aston Villa. (Photo by Andrew Vaughan – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Since then, he’s gone on loan on to non-league football on two separate occasions, before making a real breakthrough at the Priestfield Stadium this season.

He’s turned out 26 times in League One for an in-form Gillingham side who are unbeaten in 15 league games, while he’s made a further six appearances across the FA Cup and EFL Trophy.

It’s claimed that Ross Wilson is a big admirer and has had Tucker watched on multiple occasions. However, Celtic are also said to have scouted him heavily, alongside Premier League clubs Aston Villa and West Ham.

The Scottish Sun alleges that after Brentford had a bid of £1m for his services turned down in January, Tucker, who is contracted until 2023, is currently valued at £1.5m.

Tucker wins a header whilst in FA Cup Third Round action against West Ham in January. (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Verdict

It’s interesting to see Rangers linked with yet another defender from the EFL.

George Edmundson was signed from League Two Oldham Athletic in the summer, while there was reported interest in then Carlisle United teenager, Jarrard Branthwaite, in January [Scottish Sun], before he was snapped up by Everton.

At 20, Tucker is still young and learning his trade. Prior to this season, he had no real football league experience to speak of.

However, he’s since become a regular for a side who are proving extremely difficult to beat, which can only be a positive sign.

After the catalogue of defensive errors at St Johnstone at the weekend, perhaps it’s unsurprising to hear of Gers interest in a new face.

Yet, clearly, with no move would be possible until the summer window, for now, Gerrard will have to start getting more out of his existing crop.

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