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Steven Gerrard planning move for former Liverpool teammate

Journal.ie logo Journal.ie 17/05/2018 Gavin Quinn

Soccer Football - Rangers - Steven Gerrard Press Conference - Ibrox, Glasgow, Britain - May 4, 2018   New Rangers manager Steven Gerrard during the press conference   REUTERS/Scott Heppell © Catalyst Images Soccer Football - Rangers - Steven Gerrard Press Conference - Ibrox, Glasgow, Britain - May 4, 2018 New Rangers manager Steven Gerrard during the press conference REUTERS/Scott Heppell NEW RANGERS MANAGER Steven Gerrard has already made his first signing this week, but the former Liverpool captain is already working hard on bolstering his midfield with a former teammate in mind.

Gerrard has targeted the signing of Lazio midfielder and former Liverpool star Lucas Leiva as a key man in his plans to break Celtic’s domination in Scotland, The Sun reports.

The 31-year old moved to Lazio last summer in a £5 million move that ended his 10-year stay at Anfield. Reports indicate that Lazio are reluctant to sell but the player in question is keen to work under Gerrard.

a man on a football field: The Brazilian has had an excellent season at Lazio. © Imago The Brazilian has had an excellent season at Lazio.

Lucas was in the spotlight earlier this month when it was revealed that he convinced Lazio to allow Liverpool use of their training ground as they prepared to take on his club’s bitter rivals AS Roma in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final.

Gerrard is also rumored to be considering moves for England veteran Jermaine Defoe and Liverpool youngster Dominic Solanke. With 35-year-old Defoe having two years left to run on his £65,000 per-week Bournemouth contract, Rangers are said to be interested in loan deals for the pair.

Steven Gerrard wearing a neck tie: The former Liverpool man took the Rangers job earlier this month. © Jeff Holmes The former Liverpool man took the Rangers job earlier this month.

In defence, another former teammate Martin Skrtel is also rumoured to be a target as Gerrard looks to stop bitter rivals Celtic claiming their eighth title in a row next season. Celtic finished 12 points ahead of third placed Rangers this season.

Related: Gerrard unveiled as Rangers manager [ReadSport]

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