Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is interested in bringing Charlton Athletic striker Karlan Ahearne-Grant to the Scottish giants, according to The Scottish Sun.
The 21-year-old centre forward has loads of potential, with the report suggesting that Addicks manager Lee Bowyer is ‘aware’ of the Gers’ attempts to land the attacker.
The report suggests that Rangers want to sign Ahearne-Grant on a pre-contract agreement, similar to the deals that Gerrard’s men have wrapped up for the likes of Glen Kamara and Jordan Jones this month.
Charlton stand to earn considerably less in compensation should it be Rangers who sign him on a pre-contract agreement, rather than an English club, due to the differing cross-border contract rules.
Rangers can probably force a cheaper deal for Grant as they are a Scottish club, and they did similar deals to bring Matt Crooks, Josh Windass, Joe Dodoo and Jordan Rossiter to Ibrox.
But, what kind of player would Rangers be potentially signing?
Greenwich-born Ahearne-Grant was Charlton’s top scorer at U18 level in 2012–13 and 2013–14, impressing as a schoolboy.
In February 2014, the attacker played three games for England U17s in the Algarve tournament.
A week after his 17th birthday, in September 2014, Ahearne-Grant signed a three-year contract to stay with Charlton.
He made his professional debut for the club as a 17-year-old as an 89th-minute substitute in a 1–0 victory against Norwich City.
The following month he earned his first start on 18 October 2014 in a 1–0 loss against Bournemouth.
Ahearne-Grant has also represented England at U18 and U19 level.
He scored his first competitive goal for the Charlton first team in a 4–1 League Cup win over Dagenham & Redbridge.
In January 2018, Ahearne-Grant joined League Two side Crawley Town on a four-month loan deal until the end of the season. He played in 15 of their League games and he scored nine goals.
During this season, the striker has played 27 matches for Charlton so far and has scored a very decent 13 goals.
The report suggests that Gerrard is eyeing Ahearne-Grant as a possible successor to Alfredo Morelos, who clearly has suitors after his exploits in Scotland.
If Rangers manage to snatch this quality Charlton forward for very little money involved, then the deal would certainly get my vote.