Rangers are battling a host of European clubs for the signature of Heerenveen talent Joey Veerman, according to the Scottish Sun.

The report claims the Light Blues have been scouting the £5m-rated central midfielder, who is contracted to the Eredivisie side until 2024.

Atalanta and Southampton are among the sides keen on the 22-year-old, while Ajax and PSV Eindhoven could keep make moves to keep him in the Netherlands.

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Veerman has enjoyed a sensational season so far, scoring seven league goals and adding nine assists.

A transfer looks likely this summer after a recent interview where he expressed a desire to leave Heerenveen.

He told ESPN NL on Twitter, via Football Oranje, “I would like to play for the prizes. The top of the Netherlands seems like a lot of fun. And ending up in Spanish football is a dream.

“Whether I would be disappointed if I had to stay at Heerenveen this summer? That depends. If there are clubs that I really like and it bounces off because of the asking price of Heerenveen, I would be disappointed.”

Goals in abundance

Veerman could be a shrewd purchase for Steven Gerrard’s side, particularly for a fee in the region of £5million.

The Dutch ace would bring with goals with him, as he has a penchant for setting others up as well as being a goalscorer himself.

This season has been his proper breakthrough to announce himself as one of the Eredivisie’s hottest talents, but it’s not an outlier given last season he scored four and set up five.

That’s what could make him so attractive to Gerrard.

Rangers lack prolific goal scorers from midfield, with Joe Aribo (seven) comfortably their highest from the middle of midfield, while Arfield (four) is the only other to register more than two.

With his best years ahead of him, Veerman could prove a real snip and weigh in with some important goals as the Light Blues look to make a splash in the Champions League next season.

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