By Pranav Shahaney

1st May, 2021 | 1:15pm

Report: Rangers will have to pay £8.5m to sign Joey Veerman

Rangers have been handed a major transfer boost in their chase for SC Heerenveen midfielder Joey Veerman.

According to The Scottish Sun, the Dutch side have slapped an £8.5m price tag on his head, which has driven away PSV Eindhoven – a club that looked to be favourites to sign the player this summer.

PSV manager Roger Schmidt recently ruled his side out of the race, citing the player’s expected high asking rate as a barrier.

He said, “Veerman is a very good player, especially with the ball. He always has good attacking ideas, makes good decisions under pressure and always looks ahead. He has great vision.

“It is not easy for PSV to buy players from other Dutch clubs. They are always very expensive. I don’t know if we can just get top players from the Eredivisie.

“I also don’t know what Veerman will cost exactly, but when we talk in the Netherlands internally about players like him, it’s very evident we won’t be able to afford his transfer fee.”

Race not over yet

The 22-year-old has been on Rangers’ radar for a while and now the Scottish giants will be delighted that one of their major rivals in the race has backed off.

However, the likes of Ajax, Atalanta and Southampton are also keen on signing the player in the summer, meaning it will not be easy to get him to the Ibrox Stadium.

Ajax and Atalanta, like Rangers, would offer the 22-year-old Champions League football while Southampton are always a good option for up-and-coming players to get their first taste of Premier League football before moving to bigger sides.

In today’s market, the asking rate for Veerman is a steal given what he brings to the table for his team.

A midfielder by trade, Veerman has the ability to pop up anywhere on the pitch due to his tremendous workrate.

He’s also a threat in the final third, both with his passing and finishing ability. He’s often played as a shadow striker which has led to him scoring seven and assisting nine in 28 league games this season.

Daily Record journalist Graeme Young, who has watched a bit of him this season, has referred to him as a ‘Multi-skilled’ player.

He’s undoubtedly a player with a high resale value and one that can take the Gers to the next level if they manage to sign him this summer.

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