According to a recent report from The Daily Record, Rangers could be set for an £800,000 windfall were Martyn Waghorn to make the move to Derby County this summer. The striker spent two years at Ibrox between 2015 and 2017 and in that time scored 44 goals in 78 appearances for the Gers, 28 of which coming in their promotion-winning campaign in the Scottish Championship.
Yet the 28-year-old left for Ipswich Town last summer and looks set to move on again this time round by signing for Frank Lampard’s Derby, and given the ten per cent sell-on clause Rangers inserted into his contract, the £8 million move for Waghorn looks set to benefit Steven Gerrard’s side, who in turn should use that money to help fund a move for Jake Cooper.
Ultimately, 28-year-old Waghorn did a reasonably good job when north of the border with the Light Blues in playing a key part in helping get them back into the Scottish Premiership, bagging 20 goals in just 25 league games in the second tier.
And while he didn’t quite have the same impact the season after, his tally of 16 goals in 41 appearances was still a decent return, which is why selling him for a paltry £250,000 was something of a surprise to many.
Yet they could be set to benefit to the tune of £800,000 were Waghorn to make an £8 million move to Derby, and with funds somewhat limited at Ibrox, Gerrard must seek to use that to finally land Millwall’s Cooper.
The 23-year-old defender has been repeatedly linked with a move to Rangers this summer after impressing for Neil Harris’ side last term, appearing in 38 of their 46 Championship matches and netting four goals in the process to help the Lions finish eighth in the second tier of English football.
A towering defender who can dominate aerially both in his own box and the opposition’s, it’s easy to see why Gerrard is keen on the former England youth international, especially given the Gers conceded more goals than any other side that finished in the top seven of the Scottish Premiership last season.
Yes, three clean sheets in succession to kick-off his stint at Rangers suggests that Gerrard has already made much progress tightening up the Light Blues backline, but bringing in someone like Cooper, especially given he is young and can continue to improve, will go some way to further solidifying the defensive unit.
However, Rangers have as of yet been unable to get a deal done for the Englishman despite reportedly launching a £3 million bid, yet the possible windfall from Waghorn’s Derby move could well give Gerrard the extra funds needed to convince Millwall of a sale.
As such, with a possible £800,000 on the way from Waghorn’s move to Derby, Rangers must seek to use that windfall to help fund their move for 23-year-old Cooper.
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