By Nick Ware

11th May, 2021 | 7:07pm

Rangers want to sign Jamie Carragher's son from Wigan Athletic

Rangers have been keeping a close watch on Wigan Athletic defender James Carragher, according to online news outlet GiveMeSport.

The 18-year-old is the son of former Liverpool stalwart Jamie who is a close confidante of his old teammate Steven Gerrard, currently in charge of the Light Blues.

Carragher junior is on the books of English League One side Wigan but he’s attracting considerable interest with Everton seeing a bid rejected for him recently. [The Times]

But he could be heading north of the border if Rangers get their way, with GiveMeSport reporting that they are “looking at a sensational move” to bring him to Glasgow.

Wigan have offered him a professional contract but the Gers could snag him away on a free transfer with his existing deal set to run out in the summer, though they would be entitled to a compensation fee later down the line.

Close ties could clinch deal

Jamie Carragher and Gerrard were close allies at Liverpool for many years as they won countless trophies together, including the Champions League in 2005.

Carragher’s son, James, may be interested in a move back to Merseyside with Everton but that would also betray his own passion for the Reds, so there could be hope that he will snub Everton if there are other big clubs who want to sign him.

Rangers certainly come under the category of big club, and Gerrard might look to lean in on his old mate and prise him away from the clutches of the Premier League side.

The trust between Gerrard and Carragher senior could count for a lot, while the Gers boss already has a personal relationship with James as a friend of the family.

That draw of Gerrard has proved so pivotal in transfers since his 2018 arrival, and it could be the deciding factor once again here.

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