Report: Warburton hopes Rangers reunion can tempt Adrian Mariappa despite stumbling block

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Rangers are reportedly in a real fight to bring Adrian Mariappa to Ibrox.

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According to The Scottish Sun, Rangers face a battle to bring defender Adrian Mariappa to the club due to concerns about his wages.

The Gers snapped up one defender on Friday by signing Clint Hill on a free transfer following his release from Queens Park Rangers, and now another is wanted.

Crystal Palace's Adrian Mariappa (L) and Hull City's Jake Livermore in action

The Scottish Sun report that Jamaican international Mariappa held talks with Rangers over the weekend, with the Gers keen to make him their latest summer signing.

However, the report also claims that Rangers could face a problem in their pursuit of Mariappa, with his wages something of an issue for Mark Warburton's side.

Crystal Palace's Adrian Mariappa

Mariappa, 29, has been released by Crystal Palace, but has spent the last three seasons in the Premier League with the Eagles, and has been earning top flight wages in his move from Reading in 2013.

The defender - who can play at both right back or centre back - would subsequently have to take a huge wage cut to join Rangers, and it's believed that he has lucrative offers from Championship clubs too, meaning he is currently considering his options.

Crystal Palace's Adrian Mariappa looks dejected after losing the FA Cup

However, manager Warburton is hoping that a reunion can tempt Mariappa into making the move to Ibrox. The duo worked together at Watford, and the chance to pair up again could be appealing to the defender despite a potential pay cut.

It remains to be seen what Mariappa will choose, but having spent many years in the Premier League, he would be quite the coup for Rangers as they seek proven defensive options.

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