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Rangers bid rejected for Northern Ireland forward Kyle Lafferty: report

Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty
Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty

By Gareth Hanna

Rangers have had a bid rejected for Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty, according to reports.

The offer, understood to be around £200,000, falls substantially short of current club Hearts' valuation of the 30-year-old, according to STV. Lafferty only has one year remaining on his deal with the Edinburgh club.

Lafferty scored 19 goals in 36 games during his first season at Tynecastle, including three against Celtic, and has started all three of the club's Betfred Cup fixtures so far this season.

Rangers boss Steven 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.

Rangers chairman Dave King said earlier this week that the club were looking to add two more summer signings and it appears Lafferty could be seen as the final piece of Gerrard's jigsaw.

The boss has already added a new forward to his panel, bringing in Roma's Umar Sadiq on loan, although the 21-year-old is not yet match fit. Rangers' current star striker, Alfredo Morelos, netted 14 Premiership goals last season and is already up and running this term with a goal in the club's Europa League qualifying tie against Osijek on Thursday evening.

Lafferty played for Rangers from 2008 to 2012 before joining Swiss club FC Sion by exercising his right to leave the crisis-struck Gers when financial meltdown struck and players could refuse to allow their contracts to be transferred to the new company.

Last year, Lafferty said, if he could go back in time, he would stay with the club and aid their bid to return to the top of Scottish football after being placed in the fourth tier. In the same interview, he outlined his desire to return to the Ibrox club.

He scored over 30 goals during his four-year stay at Ibrox, helping the club to three Scottish Premiership titles and one Scottish Cup success.

The Enniskillen man has netted 20 goals in 67 caps for Northern Ireland.

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