Rangers managed to nab an absolute bargain when they landed Glen Kamara, there’s no doubt about that.
Initially signed on a pre-contract agreement, the decision to pay an extra £50,000 to bring him in last January instead of over the summer looks like one of the shrewdest pieces of transfer business the Gers have done in a long time.
The Finnish international is now a settled part of Steven Gerrard’s midfield, and his commanding presence in the centre of the park has been a key component of the Bears’ success so far this term.
It’s perhaps unsurprising, therefore, that he is said to be attracting attention from a whole host of English clubs.
According to a report from the Scottish Sun, Sheffield United are the latest side to express an interest, with Crystal Palace, Burnley, Aston Villa and Championship big guns Leeds United all understood to be on the hunt too.
But ex-Gers man Alan Hutton is hoping Kamara can be persuaded to stay put at Ibrox for the time being.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “I read a few teams are monitoring him. Kamara’s played really well since he’s moved from Dundee, he’s done excellent.
“I would like to see him stay for the rest of the season because I think he can be a big asset for Rangers moving forward. They’re trying to build something.
“I understand it’s the Premier League and that players want to play at the highest level possible, so I can see both sides of the coin. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
Losing Kamara would be a real blow, there’s no doubt about it.
In the year or so that he’s been a Rangers player he has established himself as a real force in the centre of the park, and taking him out of the side would leave a huge vacuum that would need filling.
The one saving grace, however, is that Kamara is under contract until 2023.
That, coupled with the project that Gerrard is building, as Hutton refers to, could just be enough to ensure he isn’t going anywhere just yet.