Glasgow Rangers have opened talks with a third party to attempt to take Liverpool forward Dominic Solanke on loan, according to the Daily Record.

The Gers are proving to be quite active in the transfer market early in the close season as they look to close the gap between themselves and their rivals Celtic ahead of the new campaign.

Steven Gerrard has already secured the additions of Scott Arfield and Allan McGregor, and he clearly has not stopped there in terms of reshaping the squad he inherited as he embarks on his first managerial position.

One area where he may well feel he needs to strengthen if he is to chase down Celtic is in attacking options, and the 20-year-old would appear to be a perfect player to target in that quest.

Solanke joined Liverpool last summer but despite his huge reputation he has had to bide his time for chances behind the electric front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah.

The England international has featured 27 times in the Liverpool shirt since arriving from Chelsea, but only six of those appearances have been from the start, so it might be that if he is to improve his game with experience he will need to leave Anfield for a temporary spell.

The former Reds star is said to be hopeful of convincing Jurgen Klopp to allow the Under-20 World Cup winner to continue his progression under his guidance at Ibrox which would be a massive coup.

Solanke has huge potential, as he showed when he was a part of that England squad which won the World Cup last year, but it is hard to see how he will get the game time he needs if he remains at Anfield.

With that in mind a move may well make sense for all parties, and if Gerrard can lure the youngster north of the border, it would put be a significant statement of intent that shows the Gers mean business in the season to come.


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