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Exclusive: Pundit expects Rangers to win race for Heerenveen midfielder Joey Veerman

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Michael Ball is certain Joey Veerman will be on Rangers’ books by the time the transfer window slams shut next month.

Gers boss Steven Gerrard is eyeing a £7million move for the Heerenveen midfielder as he looks to boost the Ibrox club’s chances of sealing back-to-back Scottish Premiership titles.

Veerman scored nine goals and provided 11 assists in 35 appearances last season, leading to plenty of interest.

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Heerenveen have reportedly set a €12million price tag, much to the frustration of Veerman.

The central midfielder labelled his club’s financial expectations as ‘crazy’ when interviewed by media outlet VI.

Rangers face competition for Veerman’s signature, with Italian side Hellas Verona already seeing a bid rejected.

But Ball, who enjoyed a spell with Rangers and in during his playing career, expects his former club to win the race for Veerman’s services and he believes Ibrox is the perfect destination for the 22-year-old.

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Speaking exclusively to TIF, he said: “Heerenveen were probably hoping for a bigger European club to come in and pay that £10million valuation. But, with Covid, there are not many teams who can afford that for a prospect.

“I think the Rangers move is perfect for the player. If they can do that with a sell-on fee, I think they can get the move over the line.”

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