Rangers remain interested in Blackburn Rovers playmaker and ex-Man United youth Joe Rothwell – but will have to pip Premier League newsboys Fulham and Bournemouth to sign him.

The 27-year-old midfielder becomes a free-agent at the end of June and has been extensively linked with a move to Rangers over the last few months.

Some reports have even gone as far as to say that Joe Rothwell was “almost certain” to join Rangers but these appear to be wide of the mark as things stand.

In fact, a leading BBC journalist has claimed that Rothwell now faces a big decision over his future with Bournemouth, Fulham and Rangers offering him three very unique options.

BBC reporter Ian Dennis claims that a host of Championship clubs are also interested.

With either the Cherries or the Cottagers, Joe Rothwell will have the backing of the £170m that promotion to the Premier League brings.

With Rangers, Joe Rothwell won’t have access to the money the Prem brings but he’ll be competing for prizes and have a shot at the Champions League.

Joe Rothwell wanted by Rangers, Bournemouth and Fulham

A creative midfielder who laid on 10 assists for Blackburn Rovers last season, ball carrying midfielder Joe Rothwell has made an impression in the Championship and Rangers are interested for a reason.

Coming through the youth ranks at Man United, it never happened at Old Trafford and Joe Rothwell had loans at Blackpool and Barnsley before moving to Oxford United.

From here the playmaker switched to Ewood Park where he has impressed over the last four seasons.

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So much so that AFC Bournemouth launched a £3m bid to sign Rothwell in January despite the fact he is available for nothing only a few months later.

Meanwhile, a once Rangers-linked defender is now being touted for a move to our fierce Scottish Premiership rivals.

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