Rangers and West Ham cannot sign Mahlon Romeo for free, contrary to reports

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is seen during a training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Rangers and SK Rapid Wien at Rangers  Auchenhowie Training Centre on...

Rangers and West Ham United are reportedly keen to raid Championship outfit Millwall for right-back Romeo.

Mahlon Romeo of Millwall is tackled by Jacques Maghoma of Birmingham City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Birmingham City at The Den on November 28, 2018 in...

There appears to be a bit of confusion today about reports linking Rangers and West Ham United with a summer move for Mahlon Romeo.

The Express claimed on Wednesday morning that the highly-rated Millwall right-back is a man in demand.

 

Rangers apparently see him as a potential replacement for influential captain James Tavernier, who is expected to be the subject of bids from below the border in the next few months. West Ham are reportedly smitten with Romeo, too, having scouted him in the Championship.

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According to the Express, the 12-time Antigua and Barbuda international will be available for absolutely nothing this summer with his contract about to expire. But that might not be the case after all.

Mahlon Romeo of Millwall battles for the ball with Ryan Sessegnon of Fulham during the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Fulham at The Den on April 20, 2018 in London,...

In June last year, Romeo signed a new ‘long-term’ contract with Millwall, according to the club’s official website. It was not specified how long the deal was but it seems fairly likely that it would exceed 12 months.

"I'm really pleased to extend my stay and really grateful to be at this club,” the defender said at the time.

So, contrary to popular belief, it seems that Rangers and West Ham will have to pay a fee if they want to sign Romeo this summer.

Millwall defender Mahlon Romeo (12) battles with Derby County midfielder Harry Wilson (7) during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Millwall at the Pride Park, Derby...

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