By Mike Slater

15th Nov, 2020 | 4:30pm

'Substantial' - Journalist claims reported Rangers target would require 'chunky fee'

Reports overnight have claimed that Rangers are targeting Norwich and Scotland midfielder Kenny McLean in the January market.

The Sun have claimed that Steven Gerrard is eyeing a loan-to-buy move for the former Aberdeen man to come to Ibrox.

McLean is a boyhood Rangers fan, although that isn’t making this look more likely.

The Scotsman journalist Mark Atkinson has claimed that it would take a “chunky fee” for Norwich to even begin selling their star midfielder.

“McLean would not come cheap either, with a chunky fee and a substantial wage required,” he wrote.

With the 28-year-old having another three years on his current contract, it appears that a loan move would not make sense for the Championship side.

McLean is still considered a big part of Daniel Farke’s plans too, meaning that he wouldn’t let him leave Carrow Road so easily.

Gerrard will be considering his options, but midfield would be the last area that needs strengthening at this moment in time.

Bongani Zungu has only just made his debut after arriving from Amiens, and he joins a list of more than five players competing for only three spots.

It would make zero sense to fork out a substantial figure on any player that isn’t guaranteed to start at Ibrox, as he could spend half of the season on the bench.

We are all for strong competition, but this could be one step too far.

In other Rangers news, John Barnes questions why Gerrard hasn’t been sacked yet