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Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is a big fan of Joey Veerman although a near £4 million bid for the Heerenveen midfielder is unlikely to be enough, as reported by De Telegraaf. 

Unless a dramatic bidding war suddenly takes off, Heerenveen should have figured out by now their hopes of bringing in £10 million for Veerman are dead in the water.

Manager Johnny Jansen admitted recently a hefty price tag had suitors running for the hills, with the likes of Rangers and Italian club Hellas Verona only willing to pay about half of what Herenveen want for one of the Eredivisie’s most influential players. 

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According to De Telegraaf, the Glasgow giants have offered a fee of £3.8 million.

That, however, is understood to be about £1 million below the bid put forward by Hellas Verona. So Rangers will need to dig deep if they are serious about convincing Heerenveen to soften their stance before the end of August.

Will Rangers win the race for Heerenveen’s Joey Veerman?

Steven Gerrard will almost certainly push the Gers board hard to get a deal for Veerman over the line. 

The Liverpool legend is reported to be a huge fan of a man whose approach to the game isn’t dissimilar – stylistically speaking – to Gerrard in his pomp.

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A controlling, driving force from the heart of midfield, Veerman loves nothing more than breaking into the final third and finishing off chances from the edge of the box. 

He contributed 20 goals and assists for an underperforming, mid-table Heerenveen side last season. 

Gerrard apparently believes he can take Veerman’s game to a new level in Scotland. The work he has done with the likes of Ryan Kent, Connor Goldson and Joe Aribo, all of whom have improved beyond belief under his stewardship, suggests he’s not wrong. 

AZ Alkmaar and Feyenoord are also interested but it’s believed Veerman would be too expensive for Heerenveen’s Eredivisie rivals. 

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