Report: Rangers battling for Steven Taylor, he'll speak to Fenerbahce after Ibrox talks

Newcastle's Steven Taylor

Rangers may face a battle in their bid to bring Steven Taylor to Ibrox.

Newcastle's Steven TaylorFormer Newcastle defender Steven Taylor

According to The Scottish Sun, free agent defender Steven Taylor will speak to Fenerbahce on Tuesday, once he has held talks with Rangers today.

Taylor, 30, has spent all of his playing career with Newcastle United barring a short loan spell with Wycombe Wanderers back in 2003, racking up more than 250 appearances for the Magpies.

Newcastle's Steven Taylor celebrates

However, injuries have taken their toll on Taylor, and having made just 33 appearances in the last three seasons, Taylor was released by Newcastle on Friday.

Now a free agent, Taylor can speak to other interested clubs, and his first visit will be to Glasgow, as he will hold talks with Rangers later today.

Newcastle United's Steven Taylor celebrates

The Scottish Sun report that Gers manager Mark Warburton has been alerted to Taylor's availability, and given that he's looking for a new centre back with experience, he feels Taylor fits the bill.

The former England Under-21 international is a former team-mate of Gers duo James Tavernier and Joey Barton, meaning he would have some familiar faces should he pen a permanent deal at Ibrox - but a decision on that may not be imminent.

Newcastle United's Steven Taylor applauds fans after the game

The Scottish Sun claim that once Taylor has finished his meeting with Rangers today, he will fly over to Turkey to hold talks with Fenerbahce, meaning that the Gers are in a real battle for his signature.

Fenerbahce are a European giant with Champions League and Europa League exploits to their name, and finished second in the Turkish Super Lig this past season.

A club of that size would be hard for Taylor to turn down, but having persuaded Barton to join earlier this summer, manager Warburton will remain confident that he can secure Taylor's signature ahead of Fenerbahce.

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