Has Steven Gerrard just demanded near-£10M bid for star man?

Has Steven Gerrard just demanded near-£10M bid for star man?

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has dropped a big hint he expects a king’s ransom for his captain James Tavernier if Brighton are to step up their reported interest and submit a bid for the in-demand right back.

The fullback, signed from Wigan (also credited with an interest) in 2015, was subject to a £3M bid from West Brom this summer, which Rangers rejected, and his stock has risen since leaving Gerrard to state pretty clearly, without naming the number, that he probably wants at least £10M for the flying defender.

He said:

“I know the CEO at Brighton (Paul Barber) very well. I used to work alongside him at the FA. He’s got my number and he knows where I am. But he best go to the owners and ask for an awful lot of money if he wants James Tavernier. That goes for any CEO, any owner, any club that wants my captain. They best go to the bank and get an awful lot of money out – or he’s not going. I would be surprised if teams don’t come (for Tavernier) because he’s been absolutely fabulous for me. Every player has their price but if the price is not right then he does not go anywhere. He stays as my captain. All my players are for sale. Let’s get it out in the open. Every single one of my players is for sale. They have all got a price. But they are not the old prices. It’s the new prices. So if you want them then come with loads of money and you can have them.”

This is a thinly veiled dig at the likes of letting Declan John, Barrie McKay and Josh Windass go for well below what Rangers could and should have got for them, and Rangers’ manager evidently won’t tolerate this any longer.

With summer bids in the multimillions for Alfredo Morelos and Tavernier already rejected, Rangers’ board are finally starting to put their money where Gerrard’s mouth is, and it seems prize assets will not be sold for a penny less than they are deemed to be worth.

Tavernier, of course, signed a new deal recently, which hiked his value further – and it is evident anything significantly less than £10M will be rejected.

So if Brighton want to clinch their man this January, they’ll need to open the wallet big time.

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  1. I'd try and keep Tav at the Club, he's one of the best at the Club for attacking, waltzes pas opponents often… his crosseing can be worked on and made better as too many are over-hit.
    Stills seems weird though that when or WB attacks, our Winger drops back, this needs fixing imo.

  2. 10 is not enough. At least 15 with future profit clauses. He takes most of our corners, free kicks, penalties, gets assists nearly every game, has incredible physique, is very consistent, great captain and is constantly improving

  3. Playing in Europe should increase the value of all our players due to the standard of opposition. I wouldn’t be prepared to sell a full back who made Europa league team of the week for any less than 10m. Look at the return we get from him in goals and assists. Its more than some attacking mids. Good at free kicks. Never misses a penalty either. Would live to see Tav stay for years and become a legend.

  4. Loving these comments by SG about his captain. Every asset has its price but it must really stick in some folks throats to hear Gerrard speak in these terms about a player who many seem to delight in finding fault with.

  5. I've stuck up for Tav many times on this site delighted to see him prove his worth! Lovely guy as well off the park. 10 would be a fair offer I reckon but only next season

  6. this is not the old prices it's the new ffs can this guy get any better how good does it eel to have a proper manager again

  7. 1. We should have got at Least £2m for D.John

    2. We should have gone at Least £2.5m for McKay

    3. We should have got at least £3.5m for Windass

    4. He needs to work on the Defensive side of His Game

    5. I wouldnt accept less than £10m straight-up unless they were going to offer a player as well. But even with a Player Included, I wouldnt accept less than £8.5m

  8. So we are trying to build and put a squad together and Gerrard put it out there all our players are for sale is this guy for real. Not best pleased get a grip Stevie G

    • Yes he's absolutely for real and he's nailed it 100%. Come here, put in good performances and we'll get you a move when the time and money suits Rangers! We are a selling club pure and simple. In fact if we don't sell for big money we will never flourish.
      If you don't see that then you don't understand Scottish football or aren't a Rangers man.

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