Brighton are ready to test Rangers’ resolve over captain James Tavernier and Glen Kamara, TEAMtalk can reveal.
New Seagulls chief Graham Potter – who we told you first was Brighton’s choice to replace Chris Hughton this summer – is keen to make a splash in the transfer market this summer and we can reveal he believes Tavernier and Kamara could both make an impact on the south coast.
Tavernier has come off a sensational season with the Gers, and they are looking to hand him a big new deal to keep him at Ibrox. However, they would likely struggle to match any offer from the AMEX for the 27-year-old right-back.
Gers boss Steven Gerrard has already pledged to fight to keep Tavernier at the club, saying earlier this year: “I know the CEO at Brighton (Paul Barber) very well. I used to work alongside him at the FA. He’s got my number and he knows where I am.
“But he best go to the owners and ask for an awful lot of money if he wants James Tavernier.
“That goes for any CEO, any owner, any club that wants my captain. They best go to the bank and get an awful lot of money out – or he’s not going.
“I would be surprised if teams don’t come (for Tavernier) because he’s been absolutely fabulous for me.
“Every player has their price but if the price is not right then he does not go anywhere. He stays as my captain.”
Finnish midfielder Kamara only joined the Gers in January, after Potter failed to seal a deal to take him to Swansea.
But the newly-installed Brighton boss is hopeful he can land the player at the second time of asking and we understand he is also ready to make an offer for the 23-year-old former Arsenal trainee.
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