Rangers are keeping close tabs with Heerenveen midfielder Joey Veerman. Steven Gerrard wants to bolster the midfield during this summer transfer window. The Gers have been told to act quickly in their pursuit of U19 Netherlands international or risk seeing his value skyrocket. 

Eredivisie club are holding out for £8.5m to let go of Veerman and have already turned down a £4.2m bid from Hellas Verona.

However, Scott Calderwood, who is part of the backroom team at Dutch second-tier club Den Bosch, expects Joey’s price to shoot up if the Scottish club don’t act quickly.

Speaking to The Daily Record Calderwood said, “He’s not the typical Scottish midfielder who goes from box to box, but Joey could thrive under Steven Gerrard and the way his team play. His next move is important. He’s ready to become an international player for Holland. If he keeps developing the way he is, his value is only going to go up.”

The Italian club are unlikely to make a better bid, being so far off the Dutch team’s valuation of the 22-year-old midfielder, so that means the road to add the footballer is relatively clear for the Gers.

£8.5m may be slightly on the steeper side, but the Dutch midfielder has got many years left in his tank and could well be worth four times that amount in a couple of years, making him an essential asset to have on Rangers books.

Veerman would add the much-needed balance to the Gers midfield and be the kind of footballer who’s not content with just sitting deep and knitting things 60 yards away from goal, but one who thrives in the final third by creating opportunities and scoring goals.

The Dutchman is much like how Steven Gerrard was during his playing days, so it’s probably why the Rangers manager rates him so highly and is keen on bringing him to the Scottish club.

We’ll have to wait and see what Rangers decide to do, but this is a signing the Gers must make at all costs. The 22-year-old midfielder has never played for his country at any level, but Scott Calderwood expects a call-up soon and insists the Gers must get in there before his value rockets.

Rangers already have a host of options for that midfield position, with Steven Davis, Glen Kamara, John Lundstram, Joe Aribo, Scott Arfield, Ryan Jack and teenager Stephen Kelly all available.