By Mark Smith

15th Dec, 2019 | 4:00pm

Report: Rangers keen on £2.5m-rated forward, club ready to sell

With both Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe available for Steven Gerrard, it would come as a surprise to see Rangers target another striker.

One explanation could be that the Gers are aware of the growing interest in Morelos, who has been in great form ever since arriving at Ibrox.

The South American was in superb spirits once again when travelling to Motherwell on Sunday. Morelos did everything and put the game to bed with a sweet finish, a red card followed that goal for a second yellow picked up while celebrating.

Despite having both of those options, the Light Blues have been linked with a move for a young forward currently plying his trade in the second division.

TEAMtalk has reported that Rangers are set to challenge a number of clubs for the signing of Dundee United striker Louis Appere.

The online outlet claim that the 20-year-old would be allowed to leave for £2.5million, and has been tracked by Celtic, Leeds United, Brentford, Norwich City, and Bournemouth this season.

It is suggested that both Rangers and Celtic are hot on the tail of the youngster, who has been involved in nine goals in his 22 games in all competitions this season.

Making a move for Appere would certainly be a player to look out for in the future, with Gerrard surely keen to start working with younger options after extending his stay at Ibrox until 2024 recently.

The 20-year-old wouldn’t be guaranteed many minutes at either Rangers or Celtic should he make a move to either club. It could most likely depend on who can persuade him to make the switch, and Gerrard will have more motivation to sign the striker should he lose Morelos in January or the summer.

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