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Rangers want three current Liverpool players as Skrtel move hits stumbling block: transfer rumours

Wales forward Ben Woodburn
Wales forward Ben Woodburn

Rangers are bound to land at least one player with a Liverpool background this summer, if the early transfer rumours are anything to go by.

It seems the Ibrox club are being linked with any player who has ever so-much-as given Anfield a sidewards glance as they prepare for Steven Gerrard's official arrival as manager on June 1.

The latest reports are that the club are targetting loan moves for as many as three of Liverpool's up-and-coming young stars.

The most recent to be linked is highly-rated attacker Ben Woodburn. The 18-year-old shot into the media spotlight when he netted on his second senior appearance, against Leeds United in the League Cup back in November 2016. In total, he has made 10 appearances for the club's first team and has even made six substitute outings for Wales, netting his first international goal in the 1-0 win over Austria in September. Now the Daily Express has claimed that Gerrard is keen to give Woodburn regular first-team football at Rangers.

The Light Blues are also thought to be keen on a second Wales international in the form of Anfield attacker Harry Wilson. The 21-year-old is close to agreeing a one-year loan move to Ibrox, according to the Daily Record. Wilson spent the second half of last season on loan at Championship club Hull City, where he scored seven goals in 11 league starts. Wilson has made just one senior appearance for the Reds, a substitute outing in a 1-0 win over Plymouth in the FA Cup last year. The report claims that Rangers will shell out £250,000 plus penalties if Wilson doesn't play enough games during his spell north of the border but will have to beat Hull to secure his signature

Another of Liverpool's young prospects attracting interest from Gerrard is Ryan Kent, according to the Scottish Sun. Kent, a 21-year-old midfielder, has been sent out on loan three times before; to Barnsley, Freiburg and in January to Bristol City. He has made just a single first team appearance for Liverpool, in January 2016 when he started a 2-2 draw with Exeter City in the FA Cup.

However, Rangers' rumoured move for former Liverpool centre-back Martin Skrtel has hit a stumbling block. The 33-year-old had been said to be close to a £2.7m move from Fenerbahce but his agent has now, according to the Daily Record, appeared on Slovakian TV to confirm the interest but add the caveat that the finances involved are "terribly far apart".

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