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Rangers’ firm message to Hammers

Rangers have issued a hands-off warning to West Ham over the possible signing of James Tavernier.

The Daily Record reports that the Irons are interested in snapping up the right-back, who has emerged as a star under manager Steven Gerrard.

Tavernier has made 11 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring six goals and registering four assists from his full-back position.

The report states that David Moyes has identified the 28-year-old as a potential acquisition as he looks to strengthen his backline in the summer transfer window.

However, the Record insists that Rangers are not at all interested in selling up and are set to place a prohibitive asking price on his head.

Indeed, West Ham are said to fear that he will be too expensive in this window, given that he is a key member of the Rangers squad.

In total, he has made 254 appearances for the Scottish giants, scoring 52 goals and registering 78 assists, a staggering return for a right-back.

A former Newcastle United player, he made two league appearances in 2012/13, and it seems rather unlikely that he will be heading south of the border any time soon.

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A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.