STV reports that Livingston are demanding £2 million for Rangers linked striker Lyndon Dykes.
The Gers have been linked with the Australian-born forward on and off since January [Scottish Sun] and speculation has gathered pace once more after Jermain Defoe hobbled off in the latter stages of a friendly win over Motherwell in midweek, leaving the Ibrox side with just one fit senior striker.
If Steven Gerrard does turn to the 6ft 2″ targetman to provide additional firepower, though, it looks like he won’t come cheap.
STV claims that Livingston have already knocked back a bid of £1 million from EFL Championship club Barnsley and it’s suggested that the West Lothian outfit won’t part with their prized asset for anything less than double that figure.
Dykes isn’t yet the finished article and his haul of 12 goals from 33 appearances in all competitions last season was promising rather than spectacular.
However, he’s shown enough against the Old Firm to suggest he’s a man for the big occasion and his height and physicality would bring the Gers something different up front.
£2 million is a seizable fee, though, especially in the current market, and Rangers will have to weigh up the chances of such a signing proving value for money down the line.
Livi’s reported quick rejection of Barnsley’s offer suggests they want considerably more than £1 million for their no.9, but if the Gers were to go in with something closer to £1.5m, there could be a deal to be done.