By Doug Ward

1st Dec, 2021 | 3:41pm

Steven Gerrard wants Leon King at Aston Villa, Rangers in talks over new deal

Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa are readying a move to sign Leon King from Rangers for just £200,000, according to the Birmingham Mail.

The newspaper reports that the Gers are in talks to keep King, 17, and are aiming to get the centre-back tied down to a new deal with his existing one expiring at the end of the season.

It is understood that due to his contract situation at Ibrox, he could make a “cut-price” move to England next summer with Manchester United, Newcastle United, Leicester City and Villa, who are now managed by Gerrard, interested in him.

Contract situation laughable

How can such an exciting young talent be left in the situation that King’s in?

The 17-year-old is clearly one of the best teenagers on the books at Auchenhowie but he’s in the final six months of his contract now with no agreement reached yet.

It’s all well and good being in talks over a new deal but King’s contract should have been wrapped up some time ago.

Last season, Gerrard played King twice for Gers’ senior side.

He made his Scottish Premiership debut against Livingston at the back end of last season while he also played in the Scottish League Cup against Falkirk back in November 2020.

Gerrard may rate King highly but he didn’t name him in any of his matchday squads in all competitions this season before he quit Ibrox for Villa. However, Giovanni van Bronckhorst has thrown King back into the mix by naming him on the bench for the Europa League win over Sparta Prague last week.

Of course, we have a bit of a centre-back crisis right now with Calvin Bassey having to step in to play alongside Connor Goldson.

But still, it shows that King may have a pathway to play in the first-team if he stays put at Ibrox with van Bronckhorst.

In other Rangers news, Graeme Souness is worried about the club’s finances after this multi-million-pound announcement.