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Forget 'Blue Cafu'... Rangers on verge of signing player backed by Brazil legend

Liverpool FC forward Dominic Solanke (R) celebrates with teammate Jon Flanagan (L) during the Premier League Asia Trophy match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace FC at Hong Kong...

Rangers are looking to sign Jon Flanagan, potentially as replacemnt for James Tavernier.

Jon Flanagan of Liverpool during a pre-season friendly match between Tranmere Rovers and Liverpool at Prenton Park on July 12, 2017 in Birkenhead, England.

Rangers are close to signing free agent Jon Flanagan, with the Daily Record reporting the defender has joined their training camp in Spain.

Flanagan is hoping to earn a move to Ibrox after his career stumbled both on and off the field.

Liverpool FC forward Dominic Solanke (R) celebrates with teammate Jon Flanagan (L) during the Premier League Asia Trophy match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace FC at Hong Kong...

As a right-back, Flanagan could be replacing James Tavernier, who The Mail Online report could leave Rangers this summer amid interrest from English clubs.

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Tavernier's nickname at Rangers is 'Blue Cafu', due to the way he likes to drive forward and attack from the forward position.

If Flanagan can re-discover his Liverpool form, he could be an upgrade.

James Tavernier of Rangers controls the ball during the Betfred League Cup Quarter Final at Firhill Stadium on September 19, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Coincidentally, he has also been compared to Cafu, and even received backing from the Brazilian legend himself after he noticed the 'Scouse Cafu' nickname.

Two-time World Cup winner Cafu told Liverpool's official website: "He'll be a great English player in the future.

Brazil's defender Cafu celebrates after winning 1-0 against Turkey  in the semi-final match of the FIFA 2002 World Cup Korea Japan 26 June, 2002, in Saitama, Japan. Brazil will face...

"He has speed, strength and determination. He's an athlete who goes after it and never gives it up. That's exactly what I used to do; there were no missing chances for me, no tiredness and no being dejected.

"I see that style in him too. I hope he continues that way and achieves as many trophies as I did."

Those comments came back in 2014, and Flanagan has not kicked on since, with his career derailed by injuries.

At Rangers he could get a second chance, but the Scouse Cafu must see off the Blue Cafu first.

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