Rangers look to have been dealt a transfer boost as Hellas Verona have reportedly pulled out of the race to sign Joey Veerman [Sky Italia via Glasgow Live].
Rangers have been linked with Veerman – who is contracted to Eredivisie club Heerenveen until 2024 – for some time.
The Glasgow Times recently reported that the Light Blues could be prepared to splash up to £7m on the 22-year-old.
However, Verona have also been heavily linked and have allegedly already seen a bid of around £5m rejected [Scottish Sun].
The Serie A outfit are also the only club Veerman himself has mentioned by name when discussing his future.
He suggested that he would be keen to move there, so it’s a boost for Rangers that they’ve now reportedly backed off after being priced out of a deal.
According to Sky Italia via Glasgow Live, Heerenveen were holding out for close to £8.2m, prompting the Italians to look elsewhere.
This looks like excellent news for Rangers.
Since the initial reports crediting the Gers with interest, he’s been a player that supporters have been keen to see move to Ibrox, and now the club’s main competitors appear to have stepped aside.
Veerman is a dynamic and versatile midfielder who notched seven goals and ten assists in a good league last season.
£8.2m is a very substantial fee, though, and it’s hard to believe that the Light Blues would stump up something in that region unless there are at least firm plans to sell one or two current first-team assets.
One of the players to leave could be Ryan Kent, as a Premier League club are reportedly interested in the tricky winger.