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Rangers Might Lose Striker Amid Interest From West Ham & Leicester City: What Now For Gerrard?

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Rangers’ resurgence under Steven Gerrard has reignited the essence of the Old Firm rivalry. But they are yet to topple Celtic at the top of the Premiership standings as all the excellent work done in the first half of the season was for nought due to their bad form after the winter break.

However, they might have to do it without their star striker Alfredo Morelos amid growing interest from Premier League teams. The Gers were supposed to play hardball in the summer window to make a hefty profit while selling their prized asset, but the suspension of the game in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak has now changed many equations considering the financial constraints of the Scottish market.

Rangers Might Struggle Financially To Keep Hold Of Their 29-goal Sensation

The Light Blues have to offload a few to generate fund,s and according to the Scottish Sun, West Ham United and Leicester City are likely to clash heads to rope in the Colombian. Although a fee of around £20m has been slapped on the 23-year-old, Rangers might have to settle for a lesser amount if they cannot find money from elsewhere to bolster the squad for the upcoming season.

Brendan Rodgers, the former Celtic boss, has done wonder at Leicester since replacing Claude Puel as their new manager. The Foxes are likely to seal a Champions League berth and therefore, need reinforcements to increase the depth and inject quality to compete against the European elites.

Why Morelos Would Be A Shrewd Signing For Both The Outfits

Jamie Vardy is at the pinnacle of his career but, at the same time, is 33 already. Kelechi Iheanacho, barring moments of excellence, has failed miserably since completing a high-profile transfer from Manchester City. The necessity of a new ‘number 9’ is understandable and Morelos, having exhibited his free-scoring traits in Scotland, fits the bill to flourish further under Rodgers.

West Ham, on the contrary, are struggling to retain their top-flight existence despite a club-record swoop for Sebastian Haller. The former Eintracht Frankfurt centre-forward has netted in only seven times since joining the Hammers last summer and Albian Ajeti, his understudy to spearhead the attack, has not been up to scratch in meeting the Premier League standard. David Moyes needs reshuffling high up the pitch, and a move for Morelos to challenge Haller for the first-team spot cannot be ruled out.

What Now For Gerrard?

With Jermain Defoe nearing the twilight of a glorious career, Gerrard must explore the market extensively and utilise his influence to reconfigure the frontline. They would require an outright striking option to bring goals to their game and settle down instantly in the Scottish environment.

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