Rangers have made a bid of €4.5m (£3.8m) for Heerenveen midfielder Joey Veerman, according to a report in Holland.

De Telegraaf are claiming that the Gers have submitted an offer €1m less than that of Serie A side Hellas Verona with Steven Gerrard a big admirer of the midfielder.

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Rangers are apparently stepping up their interest in Joey Veerman. (Photo by Peter Lous/Soccrates/Getty Images)

The Dutch report claims that Veerman must now make his own mind up over where he wishes to go next year with Rangers offering Champions League football.

This is despite the fact that Heerenveen are believed to value the player at double this amount, with Veerman himself expressing his frustration over this earlier in the week

De Telegraaf also references the pathway of ex-Celtic centre-back Virgil van Dijk, who played for the Parkhead club between 2013 and 2015.

Van Dijk would then move to Southampton in the Premier League for £13m before becoming the most expensive defender in history by moving to Liverpool for £75m in 2018.

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The centre-back would go on to win the Champions League and Premier League with Liverpool and is widely regarded as amongst the best defenders in the world.

The insinuation is that Scotland has been a proven pathway for Dutch players in the past, something which may work in the Gers’ favour here.

The Veerman reports come after rumours spread like wildfire on online forums and on social media regarding a potential move for Veerman, who is 22.

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The pathway of Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk was cited by the Dutch report. (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

These appeared to centre around comments from an “in the know” poster on popular Rangers forum Follow, Follow.

The links certainly excite and read more about what fans have had to say about the emerging links to the young Dutch playmaker.

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