Rangers are reportedly closing in on signing Kieran Dowell – a player Steven Gerrard allegedly wanted at Ibrox.

The Gers need to be swift and decisive in the transfer market this summer.

Michael Beale must bring in new faces to take Rangers forward and business appears to be picking up already.

The Daily Record reported over the weekend that Norwich City playmaker Dowell is heading for Ibrox.

They claimed that Dowell has already held face-to-face talks with Beale and agreed a three-year deal.

A medical has allegedly been completed with Dowell all set to make the move to Glasgow.

Out of contract at Norwich this summer, Dowell will be able to make the move to Ibrox for absolutely nothing.

What’s interesting is that Dowell could have been playing for Rangers a while ago, if reports are to be believed…

Steven Gerrard wanted Kieran Dowell at Rangers

Dowell was once highly regarded at Everton.

There were very real hopes that Dowell would become a star at Goodison Park.

Yet after a string of loan moves, Dowell was flogged to Norwich City in 2020.

All that potential had gone to waste for Everton and the string of loan moves didn’t work out.

Dowell was farmed out to Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United, Derby County and Wigan Athletic with mixed success along the way.

In another world though, one of those loan moves would have been to Rangers.

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Back in December 2018, The Scottish Sun reported that Rangers were stepping up their pursuit of Dowell.

Steven Gerrard allegedly wanted to bring Dowell to Ibrox as a replacement for Ovie Ejaria.

Gerrard was even quoted as saying that he admired Dowell but wouldn’t commit to him arriving at Ibrox.

Sheffield United ended up winning the race for Dowell back then, taking him on loan for the second half of the season.

Maybe that pursuit of Dowell back in 2018 has stuck in Beale’s mind.

Gerrard and Beale would have spoken at length about a deal for Dowell and the prospect of finally landing him for free is very appealing – even if he hasn’t quite lived up to his potential.

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