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Glasgow Rangers have gotten a big boost in the race to sign John Lundstram with Sheffield United reportedly willing to listen to offers.
What is the history?
Reports in recent times revealed that the only time England’s under-20 international was a key target for Rangers in the summer as Steven Gerrard looked to bolster his midfield to try to prevent Celtic from winning ten in a row.
It was claimed that after initially wanting to stay on Bramall Lane, Lundstram rejected a new contract extension, having entered the last year of his current contract.
Would you sign John Lundstram after bringing Bongani Zungu from Amiens?
According to Yorkshire Live, the Blades will admit defeat with the wantaway £ 7 million midfielder if a suitable offer comes in January, though Chris Wilder confirmed that they haven’t received any offers for him or anyone else as of yet, saying:
“Nothing on any of the players that are on our 25-man team, nothing at all.”
Rangers must pounce on Lundstram
With Crystal Palace and Brighton having to wait until summer at the earliest, the Rangers may have a free chance to try to tempt the 26-year-old to Ibrox in the upcoming winter transfer window.
Glen Kamara has been an integral part of Gerrard’s team so far this season, having done twelve appearances in the Premiership, but Ross Wilson could do well to find another dynamo in midfield to ease the load on his shoulders.
And Lundstram is a player who can do just that, as he is fully capable of providing competition and coverage for players like Steven Davis and Bongani Zungu.
Lundstram is almost the polar opposite of South Africa’s international, as it offers a much greater threat in the future. Last season, Lundstram played 34 Premier League games, scoring five goals and providing three assists, while averaging 1.3 shots, 1.4 tackles and 1.3 punts per game, through Who scored.
By comparison, Zungu was unable to record a single goal or record a single assist in Ligue 1 for Amiens last season, according to Who scored.
His teammate Billy Sharp called Lundstram “a real threat” earlier this year, via The star.
Primarily a defensive midfielder, he can also operate in a more central role, and this kind of versatility would be an added bonus for the Ibrox boss.
Having Kamara and Lundstram on the same team and playing in the engine room could give players like Alfredo Morelos, Jermain Defoe, Cedric Itten and Kemar Roofe more ammunition and allow them to increase their incredible scoring record: 47 goals in total in the Premiership so far this season.
If Wilson can reach an agreement on the line in January, it could prove critical to his chances of regaining the title for the first time since the 2010-11 season.
And in other news, Ross Wilson must cut his losses and sell Glasgow Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos in January …