Brighton and Hove Albion have joined the race to sign James Tavernier, after media reports that Newcastle are ready to actually bid for Rangers’ captain.
The brutal reality is if the right amount does get submitted, by whoever, the player will leave – assuming, that is, he can agree personal terms – and we doubt PL giants are going to struggle to pay him.
Of course, Tavernier has a tonne of unfinished business at Ibrox – he’s given us four years of his life, with varying consistency and performances, but whatever you ‘think of his defending’ or his ‘crossing’, the 27-year old has certainly become a valuable asset and Brighton, Newcastle nor Aston Villa (or anyone else) will be getting him on the cheap. And he hasn’t lifted a single trophy at Ibrox either as capatain, and may consider that an itch he wants to scratch.
But money talks, and if at least three PL sides are in for him, it’s evident he’ll go for a lot of it.
The other sides said to be interested are top Championship sides, and a few from the continent in Italy and Spain – the fact is Tavernier’s gung-ho style very much suits La Liga and the open expansive football they play there.
But whoever does finally blink and make the first move will need to plunge deep into their pockets to pay what the man is worth.
The media claims £10M, we’d argue that’s only a starting point.