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Lafferty's Ibrox return back on track as Gerrard steps up chase

 

By Graham Luney

Kyle Lafferty could make a dramatic return to Rangers after the Scottish giants made a move for the Hearts ace.

The Ibrox side had a bid of £200,000 for the Northern Ireland striker rejected by the Edinburgh club.

Hearts feel that the offer for the 30-year-old is nowhere near their valuation of a player who was their top scorer last season. Lafferty, however, is keen on a move back to Rangers where new boss Steven Gerrard is strengthening his panel.

The deal is expected to go through but Hearts will hold out for a higher fee.

The Fermanagh man spent four seasons at Rangers from 2008-2012, leaving for Swiss club Sion FC after the Gers were demoted from the top tier of Scottish football following the club's financial meltdown.

He went on to play for Palermo and Norwich, who loaned him to Caykur Rizespor in Turkey and Birmingham City before his move to Tynecastle last summer.

Hearts have added former St Johnstone veteran Steven MacLean and Uche Ikpeazu from Cambridge United to bolster their striker options, while Bobby Burns, who signed from Glenavon, can also play up front.

Lafferty, who has 67 Northern Ireland caps, scored 19 goals in 44 games after arriving at Tynecastle.

Rangers are also understood to have shown an interest in Lafferty's international team-mate Gareth McAuley. Gerrard has already added 10 new players to his panel this summer and last night confirmed his interest in Manchester City defender Bryan Kean, who is expected to join the Gers on a three-year deal.

Meanwhile, in the Premier League, Manchester United are being linked with a mega money deal to land Spurs striker Harry Kane.

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