Premier League outfit and Europa League semi-finalists West Ham are the latest side to be linked with a move for out-of-contract Rangers talent Kyle McClelland.

The Northern Irish youth centre-back is out of contract in the summer and there are murmurs of interest from several English Championship clubs.

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Reports had claimed that the defender was set to leave Ibrox in the hunt for more first-team football with Cardiff City, Sheffield United and Huddersfield mentioned as suitors.

But West Ham United present a particularly interesting option for Kyle McClelland given their Premier League status and according to the Daily Record the Hammers are sniffing around.

They claim that B team captain McClelland has already turned down a new contract offer at Rangers and fully intends to move on when his contract expires.

Rangers talent Kyle McClelland linked with West Ham move

Now 20-years-old, Kyle McClelland is said to be looking for more first-team opportunities but it’s hard to see the kid breaking into the West Ham first team.

This would suggest that if the Ulster centre-back does move to London, then it would likely be with a view to going out on loan immediately afterwards.

Rangers are said to rate Kyle McClelland very highly but the defender has been unable to breakthrough past a competitive backline.

The likes of Connor Goldson, Leon Balogun, Filip Helander and Calvin Bassey have been hard to budge from the two available positions all season long despite a series of injuries shared across the backline.

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Couple this with the emergence of Academy star Leon King and opportunities are likely to be few and far between so perhaps a move is the best thing for the defender’s career.

Meanwhile, another Rangers centre-half has dropped a major hint regarding a potential new contract as his deal prepares to expire in the summer.

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