“Turkish reports” have been linking Rangers with an injury-prone former teammate of Steven Gerrard – and no, it’s not Martin Skrtel.

The big Slovakian defender ended weeks of dubious reports from the Eastern nation by eventually signing for Italian Serie A side Atalanta.

But the latest mention of Rangers in the Turkish press (at least according to the Daily Record) concerns striker Daniel Sturridge who is still without a club after being released by Liverpool at the end of the season.

Sturridge and Gerrard are former Liverpool teammates. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

The talented forward, now 29, was once described by Steven Gerrard as “the player with the most potential” in England [Daily Mail].

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It’s also not the first time Sturridge has been linked with Rangers. The Scottish Sun had previously claimed he was being lined up to replace Alfredo Morelos should the Colombian leave Ibrox.

It would be an incredibly advantageous move by Rangers but one which also looks incredibly unlikely.

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Whilst this Telegraph report doesn’t mention Rangers, it does claim that 13 clubs have offered the 26-times capped England forward a deal.

Fenerbahce is a name who routinely pop up and the Telegraph report claims that they’ve offered the former Chelsea and Man City striker £60k per week.

The notion that Rangers can compete with that seems a tad extreme, especially when you consider Sturridge’s recent injury history.

Would Rangers seriously be willing to take an expensive risk on the forward? (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

The striker is also said to have options in Spain, France and Italy, with a move to the Premier League unlikely following a short-term ban for betting offences in England [BBC Sport].

So whilst “Turkish reports” have suggested Rangers have made a move for the player, as in the case of Martin Skrtel, they remain very unlikely to come to fruition.

 

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