Everton join Rangers as surprise bookies contenders to sign Robin van Persie

Fenerbahce's Robin Van Persie at the end of the game

Could Everton bring Robin van Persie to Goodison Park, or will Rangers lure him to Ibrox? Both are possibilities say bookmakers.

Fenerbahce's Robin Van Persie at the end of the gameFenerbahce's Robin Van Persie at the end of the game

Over the past 24 hours two teams have seen their odds cut substantially on signing Dutch striker Robin van Persie.

Everton are listed as second favourites among British clubs at 8/1, while Rangers are a surprise 10/1.

Neither team were listed among the possible options by SkyBet at midday on Thursday, but are now cited as strong surprise contenders to sign the Fenerbahce striker.

Fenerbahce's Robin van Persie in action with Celtic's Efe AmbroseFenerbahce's Robin van Persie in action with Celtic's Efe Ambrose

Van Persie scored 16 goals in 31 games in the Turkish Super Lig last season, one year after being sold by Manchester United after falling out of favour with Louis van Gaal.

Van Persie led United to win the Premier League title in 2012/13, winning the Golden Boot, having led the scoring the previous season with Arsenal.

He turns 33 in August but still possesses a sharp eye for goal and could benefit from linking up with new Everton boss and compatriot Ronald Koeman.

Manchester United's Robin Van Persie misses a penaltyManchester United's Robin Van Persie misses a penalty

Also in the race for his signature are Middlesbrough, favourites at 3/1, although The Guardian reported last week that they have 'cooled interest' in the striker, having previously been linked as suitors.

West Ham are priced at 9/1, although The Mail's report that they turned down the chance to sign the veteran last week would appear to put them out of the running for now.

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The other option at the forefront of the mix if Van Persie leaves Fenerbahce is that he will sign for 'any Chinese Super League club', at 7/1.

Rangers could be an attractive option for the striker if he really wants to become a hero, with the Gers returning to the top flight in Scotland for the first time in four years.

Yet if Van Persie was to move to Ibrox to join Mark Warburton's side he would have to take a large pay cut, and would not be able to compete with what Everton could offer. 

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