Mark Warburton denies reports suggesting James Tavernier could leave Rangers in £2.5m deal

Rangers manager Mark Warburton

Rangers defender James Tavernier is reportedly a target for Trabzonspor.

Rangers manager Mark WarburtonRangers manager Mark Warburton

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has told The Sunday Post that he hasn't received any contact from Trabzonspor over a deal for James Tavernier.

The Gers have managed to keep much of their squad together after promotion to the Scottish Premiership, and whilst loanee Dominic Ball won't be returning after his permanent move to Rotherham United, new contracts were handed out to a number of players.

Rangers' manager Mark WarburtonRangers manager Mark Warburton

Wes Foderingham, Rob Kiernan and Lee Wallace have all signed new deals to stay at Ibrox, as has right back James Tavernier, who enjoyed a superb season with Rangers last term.

A signing from Wigan Athletic last summer, Tavernier hit 15 goals from defence as Rangers won the Scottish Championship title, with his attacking play drawing plaudits throughout his time in Glasgow so far.

Even after signing a new contract though, speculation surrounds the future of the 24-year-old full back, who has unsurprisingly attracted interest thanks to his goalscoring record.

Rangers' James Tavernier celebratesRangers' James Tavernier celebrates

The Scottish Sun carry quotes from Trabzonspor president Muharrem Usta, claiming that he is in negotiations to sign a new, unnamed right back, with a deal expected this week – and it's claimed that the Turkish outfit are plotting a huge £2.5m deal for Tavernier.

Having lost Luis Cavanda to Galatasaray, Trabzonspor desperately need another right back in their ranks, but any potential move for Tavernier is bound to be resisted by Rangers.

Rangers' James Tavernier (L) in action with St Mirren's Kyle McAllister (R)Rangers' James Tavernier (L) in action with St Mirren's Kyle McAllister (R)

In fact, manager Mark Warburton has been asked about the situation, and told The Sunday Post that he hasn't had any contact from anybody regarding a deal for Tavernier, and remains bemused by claims that he could be heading to Turkey, much like he was when Rangers were linked with Fenerbahce hitman Robin van Persie.

"There’s been absolutely zero contact from anyone, so I’m bemused by that story," said Warburton. "But apparently we were bringing Van Persie over from there too," he added.

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