Rangers have been linked with a move for Derby County attacker Tom Lawrence during the current summer window.
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According to a recent report from the Daily Mail, Rangers are one of the clubs, including West Bromwich Albion, Sheffield United and Watford, interested in signing the Welshman this summer.
After playing for numerous clubs across England at senior and youth levels, the 28-year-old joined Derby back in the 2017 summer transfer window from Leicester City.
Since then, the winger has gone on to make 187 appearances for the Rams across all competitions, scoring 37 goals and providing 25 assists along the way.
Last season saw the former Foxes figure find the net 11 times and deliver five assists in 38 Championship appearances.
Taking into account how Rangers have not been shy when it comes to signing players from English clubs in the past, a move for Lawrence this time around could see Giovanni van Bronckhorst land the Glasgow club’s next version of Ryan Kent.
Signed from Liverpool on a permanent deal worth £7.5m back in September 2019 following his year on loan at Ibrox, the Englishman has been a pivotal figure for the Gers.
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This shows how similar the duo are when it comes to not only scoring goals but providing them for their teammates.
In terms of a potential move to Ibrox for the £4.5m-rated attacker, his versatility beyond playing as a left-winger could make him a useful squad option for Van Bronckhorst and make it easier for him to play in the same side as Kent.
Praised by journalist Jake Barker on Twitter for his “unbelievable” goals for the Midlands club last season, the Derby star is set to become a free agent in the coming days as his current contract at Pride Park is set to expire.
This means that it would be much cheaper for the Gers to get him to Ibrox than it was when they signed Kent.
Also, with Derby having been relegated from the Championship last season, a move to Rangers where he has a chance to win the SPFL title and play in Europe could be a much more tempting prospect for the player rather than staying in England.