By Pranav Shahaney

16th Jul, 2021 | 3:10pm

Robert Molenaar: Joey Veerman quashed reports of move to Verona being a done deal

Former Premier League defender Robert Molenaar has shared what Rangers-linked Joey Veerman told him about his future.

The Gers have been linked with the Heerenveen midfielder over the last few months, but have only recently firmed up their interest in bringing him to the Ibrox this summer.

On Thursday, a De Telegraaf report surfaced stating that the club tabled a £3.85million offer for him with Italian side Hellas Verona making a bid closer to £4.5million.

Molenaar, who handed Veerman his senior debut, discussed the Veerman transfer with The Daily Record.

He said, “I was in touch with Joey recently. I had seen a report saying he was moving to Verona so I text to congratulate him.

“But he replied to say it was all lies. He played it down and said nothing of the sort had been agreed.”

Advantage Rangers

If he had his heart set on moving to Italy, he wouldn’t categorically deny that it was a done deal and pass it off as a lie. There’s still a lot to be done, but we’ve got a good feeling about this one.

Steven Gerrard is understood to be a huge admirer of the player, who he believes is similar to what he was at 22.

Despite having signed two midfielders Nnamdi Ofoborh and John Lundstram, the former Liverpool captain is not showing any signs of slowing down as he’s looking to build a side ready not only to win the league, but also progress to the latter stages of the Champions League.

We can offer Veerman European football, something that Verona cannot. He is expected to consider all these facts before making a final decision.

Rangers are definitely a bigger club and he will have more eyeballs on him if he plays for us than for a small team in one of Europe’s top five leagues.

Once we can agree a fee with Heerenveen, things will get a lot more straightforward, but as of now, they’re headed in the right direction.

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