Rangers are eyeing a swoop for Djed Spence but face competition from Wolves and Everton, according to ESPN.
Spence is a 20-year-old right-back who plays in the English Championship with Middlesbrough.
He joined Boro in 2018 after spending time in Fulham’s youth system and has made 65 senior appearances since then, 40 of which have come this season.
Current manager Neil Warnock asserted last summer that Spence is a player with “enormous ability” who could make it to the very top [Northern Echo], while in November he said the full-back has “all the tools” but that “he could be playing at a top club in England or in non-league in five years” [Teesside Live], in an possible dig at his attitude.
The speedy defender is contracted until 2023 but ESPN reports that Boro will listen to bids in excess of £5m plus add-ons this summer.
It’s claimed that Wolves are currently leading the race to sign him but that the Gers and Everton are also in the hunt, although Norwich’s Max Aarons is seen as the Toffees’ first choice.
Spence is an athletic and talented young full-back, so it’s no surprise multiple clubs have been linked with interest.
However, it would be a surprise if Steven Gerrard sanctioned a big-money move for a right-back this summer, given his current resources in the position.
Club captain James Tavernier penned a new deal earlier this month and Nathan Patterson recently starred in the role when the skipper was sidelined by injury.
Spence can play on the left or in a more advanced role, but over the last two seasons, he hasn’t produced a single assist and only has two goals to his name.