Report: Leeds, Rangers challenge for West Ham's Reece Burke

Reece Burke of West Ham United celebrates with team mates as he scores their first goal during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay match between West Ham United and Shrewsbury Town at...

Leeds United and Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers are keen to sign West Ham United's Reece Burke on a permanent basis, according to a report.

Reece Burke of West Ham controls the ball in the air during the UEFA Europa League match between West Ham United and FC Lusitans at Boleyn Ground on July 2, 2015 in London, England.

According to The Mirror, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is keen on signing Reece Burke, but could face competition from Leeds United and a host of Championship clubs.

The West Ham United defender, 21, spent most of last season on loan with Bolton Wanderers, but bid farewell to the Championship side last week in order to return to his parent club.


But a long-term future in East London might be in doubt for Burke as The Mirror reports that West Ham debate whether to loan him out again or sell him outright.

The report adds that Rangers and Leeds are willing to sign him up on a permanent basis, though Sheffield Wednesday lead the race in regards to getting him on loan.

Reece Burke of West Ham United looks on dejected after seeing a shot at goal go wide during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Wigan Athletic and West Ham United at DW Stadium...

Aston Villa, who reached the playoff final last night by beating Middlesbrough, are also in the mix.

New Gers boss Gerrard made Scott Arfield his first signing earlier this week, and signing the highly-rated Irons centre-back - who can also play right-back - would certainly indicate that the Liverpool icon is wasting no time in assembling his squad for next season.

Leeds, meanwhile, are in the market for someone of Burke's ilk, having seen Matthew Pennington return to parent club Everton last week following a mixed season-long loan in West Yorkshire.

Burke, who has made 15 appearances for the capital club, is contracted to West Ham until 2020.

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