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Coventry City star Gustavo Hamer has rubbished reports that he had agreed a move to Scottish Premiership champions Rangers earlier in the year, while speaking to Voetbal Primeur. 

While the diminutive dynamo is keen to prove himself at a higher level at some point in the near future, it seems that reports linking him with Steven Gerrard’s Glasgow giants are about as wide of the mark as a Francisco Sandaza finish.

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According to the Coventry Telegraph, Rangers did send scouts to watch the Sky Blues on a number of occasions last term, with Hamer exactly the kind of hard-working, high-energy enforcer that Gerrard likes. 

But holding an interest is one thing.

Making a bid – one in the region of £4 million no less – is another matter entirely.

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“My girlfriend said: ‘Oh nice that you are going to Rangers for four million. You could have told me!’. They all know more than I do!” quipped Hamer, who joined Coventry from Eredivisie outfit PEC Zwolle in the summer of 2020.

“It said that I had a verbal agreement with Rangers but I’ve never spoken to them.” 

Hamer was also heavily linked with Championship pacesetters West Bromwich Albion earlier in the summer, via the Athletic. 

Not that the former Dutch U20 international knows anything about the Baggies’ interest.  

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“There are all kinds of rumours here, dude. I spoke to supporters recently and they said that I really can’t leave and certainly not to West Bromwich Albion,” Hamer added.  

“I thought: ‘What are you talking about?’. The rumours go around very fast here. A teammate also made a joke recently: ‘It’s nice that you’ve left and haven’t told the rest of the team’!” 

24-year-old Hamer is unlikely to take the Steve Ogrizovic route and spend his peak years at the Ricoh Arena, however, insisting that he would be open to a fresh start at a higher level. 

“I do have that ambition and I also think that I can go even higher. Next season I hope to be able to make a step up. If I keep going like this, I should be able to do that too.” 

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