Patrick Bauer has confirmed via Twitter that he’s leaving Charlton Athletic this summer.
The Daily Mail reports that Steven Gerrard is interested in bringing the centre-back to Ibrox.
However, the Gers are far from the only interested party. SPL rivals Hibs, and six Championship clubs – Blackburn, Preston, Hull, Wigan, Reading and QPR are all said to be chasing the 26-year-old [Daily Mail].
“After spending the last four years at Charlton Athletic Football Club, I’ve decided to start a new chapter in my career,” wrote Bauer on Twitter. “In those four years I have met a lot of amazing people and made many good friends.”
“Thank you to the staff, management, my teammates and especially the supporters for making me feel welcome since day one.
“Obviously we went through some tough times together. But, I’m happy that I could help the club get back to the Championship and that we created some unforgettable memories at Wembley that will live forever.
“I wish everyone involved only the best for the future in this special football club”
There are few better ways to bow out of a club than by scoring an injury-time playoff winner.
The act that secured promotion to the Championship will be Bauer’s last as an Addicks player.
Now, the chase is officially on for his signature. For all the interested parties, Bauer represents a low-risk option.
He’s available on a free and has four years experience in British football. It’s hard to tell at this stage who has the edge in the race, though.
One thing we would say is that Rangers offer something different than the other interested parties. If he moved to Ibrox, there would be a realistic chance to compete for silverware.
At Hibs, that’s much less likely and none of the reportedly interested Championship sides have much chance of promotion to the Premier League.
Bauer is definitely on the move, but time will tell as to whether or not he’s the man to beef up Rangers’ depleted defensive reserves.