Reported Rangers transfer target Joey Veerman has spoken out about his current situation, once again stating his desire to leave Heerenveen [ESPN.nl via Glasgow Live].

Veerman, who is under contract at the Eredivisie club until 2024, has been linked with the Gers for some time, with the Glasgow Times reporting that they could be prepared to splash up to £7m on the 22-year-old.

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Rangers have been linked with transfer interest in Joey Veerman for several months. (Photo by Pieter vd Woude/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

Rangers’ Champions League exit has led to speculation that they would no longer be able to afford him, but they do appear to be facing a lot less competition for his signature than they were earlier in the summer.

Serie A side Hellas Verona have reportedly moved on after being priced out, while Feyenoord appeared to end their interest by signing Fredrik Aursnes, who is a similar type of player.

In July, Veerman described Heerenveen’s asking price of €10m-12m (£8.5m-£10.2m) as ‘crazy’ and stated that he was ‘ready for something else now’.

He starred in a 1-0 opening day Eredivisie win at Go Ahead Eagles on Friday but has since once again expressed his dissatisfaction with his current situation.

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“I think you are worth as much as the clubs offer,” he said [ESPN.nl via Glasgow Live]. “They have offered half of €10m. I don’t think you can say that I have to be sold for €10m.”

 

“There is interest, but for the rest, it is up to Heerenveen to respond to it. I have often said that I want to take the next step, so I think that’s clear too.”

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Veerman played for Heerenveen on Friday but is still adamant he wants to leave the club. (Photo by Marcel ter Bals/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

Plenty of Rangers fans want the club to push the boat out to sign Veerman and it’s encouraging that he’s still keen on leaving his current club.

The midfielder’s lengthy contract means that Heerenveen are in a strong position and they’ve been very firm so far on their asking price.

If Veerman continues to perform to a high level, they may opt to stick with their current price tag in the hope that he’ll end up staying for another season.

However, if the 22-year-old’s level or attitude starts to drop, it could prompt them to lower their asking price and sell before the end of the window.

Rangers’ ability to stump up a multi-million-pound fee may depend on sales, but Veerman’s return of seven goals and ten assists last season suggests he would add real dynamism to the Ibrox midfield.

In other transfer news, a Gers-linked attacker scored a dramatic 100th-minute winner on Saturday.

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