Report: Bournemouth reject Rangers loan bid to bring Jack Simpson to Ibrox

Jack Simpson of Bournemouth during the Pre-Season Friendly match between AFC Bournemouth and Real Betis at Vitality Stadium on August 3, 2018 in Bournemouth, England.

Rangers seemingly won't be signing defender Jack Simpson this summer.

Jack Simpson of Bournemouth during the Pre-Season Friendly match between AFC Bournemouth and Real Betis at Vitality Stadium on August 3, 2018 in Bournemouth, England.

According to the Daily Star, Bournemouth have rejected a loan bid from Rangers for defender Jack Simpson, following Eddie Howe's stance about the player.

The Gers have been busy in the transfer market this summer, adding 11 players to Steven Gerrard's squad as Allan McGregor, Jon Flanagan, Connor Goldson, Nikola Katic, Borna Barisic, Lassana Coulibaly, Scott Arfield, Ovie Ejaria, Jamie Murphy, Ryan Kent and Umar Sadiq have all arrived.

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Rangers are excelling in the early stages of Gerrard's reign, and whilst he has quite literally signed a whole new team if he wanted to field all of his signings, he is still looking for more.

Another centre back – preferably left-footed – is wanted by Gerrard as cover for Goldson and Katic, with a host of options linked, though the Daily Record recently claimed that Bournemouth's Jack Simpson was a top target.

Now, the Daily Star report that Bournemouth have rejected Rangers' loan bid for Simpson, with manager Eddie Howe unwilling to let him go – just as he told the Bournemouth Echo earlier this month.

Jack Simpson of Bournemouth and Antonio Sanabria of Real Betis during pre-season friendly between AFC Bournemouth and Real Betis at Vitality Stadium on August 3, 2018 in Bournemouth,...

Howe does have Nathan Ake, Steve Cook and Simon Francis at his disposal, but with a thin squad, he seemingly wants to keep Simpson in his squad as cover in the heart of the Cherries defence.

That leaves Rangers having to look elsewhere for defensive reinforcements, and Gerrard will be desperate to sign his centre back sooner rather than later, with the Europa League tie against FC Ufa on the horizon.

Steven Gerrard, head coach of FC Rangers  prior to the 2nd Leg football match between NK Maribor and Rangers FC in 3rd Qualifying Round of UEFA Europa League 2018

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