By Pranav Shahaney

22nd May, 2022 | 10:03am

Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard appealed by Rangers defender Calvin Bassey

Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard is reportedly appealed by Rangers defender Calvin Bassey ahead of the summer window.

According to The Telegraph, the Nigerian defender is on Villa’s transfer radar who have the spending power to back their manager this summer.

One of the main reasons why Gerrard wants a reunion with the 23-year-old is due to his versatility and ability to play in a back three as well as a four.

The report reads: “The Rangers defender Calvin Bassey, outstanding in the Europa League final defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt, appeals to his former manager due to his versatility as he can play in the centre or left of a back-three.
While Villa unquestionably have spending power, there is also a determination to work within a budget.”

Move on the cards?

We cannot admit that there is no lure of playing or managing in the Premier League, given all its riches.

Gerrard himself found it hard to say no to a move there and given how Villa have backed him, with the signing of Philippe Coutinho, they could do whatever it takes to land Bassey.

The 23-year-old has enjoyed a terrific season at Ibrox but another year of missing out on Champions League qualification may lead to questions about how far he can go at this club.

At Villa, he will get a better payday and also the chance to become an early part of a team that has its sights on regular European football.

Rangers will want him to stay as they would not want two major first-team defensive departures in the same window with Connor Goldson set to leave.

It remains to be seen if Bassey is just one among many options for Villa or if Gerrard is hell-bent on pursuing a move for him this summer.

In other Rangers news, the club are ‘not convinced’ by a key first-team player and an early termination of his contract is extremely likely.