West Brom’s James Tavernier bids were one of the stories of the summer. It appears, however, that the Baggies aren’t willing to give up on him just yet.
According to the Daily Record, the English side still have their eyes on the Gers captain despite two rebuffed approaches in the summer. It’s understood they’re readying a third bid in January.
Manager Darren Moore sent a scout up to Hampden to watch Tavernier on Sunday. Rangers’ 1-0 defeat to Aberdeen, however, wasn’t the right-back’s finest display in a Rangers jersey.
Steven Gerrard has, in the past, claimed that it would take a lot of money for anyone to take Tavernier. Brighton were also interested in the summer, and it remains to be seen if they come back in too.
Fortunately for Rangers, Tavernier signed a new contract at the start of the season. The former Newcastle man is now tied to Ibrox until 2022, which means that Rangers are in the driving seat for any potential deal.
A happy man
The captain has consistently insisted that he’s happy at Ibrox, and doesn’t have the desire to move anywhere else. He will also have his eye on building a legacy at Rangers to look back and be proud of.
So far, Tavernier has yet to win a major trophy at Ibrox. It must be something that now sticks with him and something he wants to rectify. The 1-0 defeat to Aberdeen is likely to have only increased that hunger once more.
Rangers should already be on the lookout for another right-back in the summer regardless. Tavernier is the only recognised right-back in the first-team. If he was to leave, then the club would have a big job on their hands finding two more.
Rangers have stated in the past that no bids for their star-man are welcome. That’s never stopped clubs making bids, however, and Gerrard has also claimed every player is for sale at Ibrox.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out in January. Tavernier remains a big-hitter at Ibrox, and Rangers are in as strong a position as they could hope to be in this one.