It has been well over a month since Rangers last added any new faces to Steven Gerrard’s table topping squad and with injuries mounting up, the gaffer is keen to see reinforcements arrive sooner, rather than later.
There has, of course, been a couple of rumours with Bongani Zungu popping back up again now that the South African’s club is not demanding such an exorbitant transfer fee for a player into the last year of his contract – personal terms were said to have been agreed with the player only for Amiens to then demand in the region of £4million to release him from his contract.
Sheffield United’s John Lundstram remains a target, however, given his status as a Premier League player, any deal for the Englishman might have to wait until January when Rangers will be able to offer him a contract earlier than teams from down south.
Recently, most of the speculation has been around Daniel Johnson of Preston North End, but again, a £4m fee could see the Gers bide their time and see if an agreement can be reached on a pre-contract move, unless they are willing to accept Jordan Jones as part of any deal as has been reported.
One name that has popped up on the message boards is Max Meyer, one Scottish football observer – The 4th Official – rubbished the claims but with the German international entering the last year of his deal at Crystal Palace, and at just 25-years old, he is certainly a player of interest.
He hasn’t had any injury problems or fallen out with the management team, he just hasn’t settled following his Bosman move from the Bundesliga – valued at £18m when he signed – and when you consider Roy Hodgson’s style of play, Meyer just doesn’t fit into the system where the midfield is loaded with hard working, physical players and the creativity is left to the forwards.
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At Schalke, before his move to the Premier League, he was averaging a goal or assist every four games and the £7m rated German could yet be the sort of player Gerrard is looking for to add numbers from a deeper position.
With a packed fixture list ahead that features three tough away games, a fresh face in the engine room would allow the gaffer to keep his players sharp heading into the first Old Firm game in a month’s time, Meyer fits the profile of player that Ross Wilson and Gerrard are looking for, but as we’ve seen on numerous occasions already, don’t be surprised if the next player through the door at Auchenhowie is a complete surprise.