For just £8m, should West Ham join race for Rangers right-back James Tavernier?

Captain, James Tavernier of Rangers gives his team instructions during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League between Celtic and at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Tavernier has been in excellent form for Rangers this season.

James Tavernier of Rangers grimaces during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Southampton are reportedly interested in signing Rangers captain James Tavernier for a fee of £8million, but surely West Ham United have to rival the Saints and lure the right-back to the London Stadium.

The Daily Express claim Rangers are looking to rake in around £8million for 28-year-old Tavernier, who has had a hand in 23 goals for Rangers this season - scoring nine goals and creating 14.

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The Saints confirmed on their official website that Portugal international and Euro 2016 winner Cedric Soares had joined Inter Milan on loan until the end of the season after becoming surplus to requirements at St. Mary's.

 

It appears Southampton are looking to replace him with the signing of ex-Newcastle United youth player Tavernier, who is renowned for his excellent crossing, precision penalties and versatility that allows him to play in midfield.

At just £8million, Tavernier is a bargain. He would be an excellent addition for plenty of Premier League sides, and another side that could do with a right-sided defender is West Ham.

Pablo Zabaleta is out of contract at the end of the season, while Ryan Fredericks' move to the London Stadium has certainly failed. Coming back from a long-term injury, he has managed just four Premier League appearances.

James Tavernier of Rangers grimaces during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Hammers have the likes of Andy Carroll and Marko Arnautovic up front, players that need service if they are to hit the back of the net. Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku provide that from left-back, but the right-backs struggle.

Solid in defence, Tavernier's 14 assists this season prove he would get the best out of the likes of Carroll and Arnautovic - and at £8million, West Ham would be signing a bargain. They have to rival and beat Southampton to his signature.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard reacts with James Tavernier of Rangers during the Ladbrookes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in...

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