By Saikat Mandal

11th May, 2022 | 8:40pm

West Ham United join the race to sign Rangers sensation Kyle McClelland

West Ham have joined the race to sign Rangers sensation Kyle McClelland, according to a report from the Daily Record.

The talented youngster has rejected the chance to extend his stay at Ibrox. He will now walk away as a free agent within weeks.

Sheffield United, Cardiff City and Huddersfield have shown interest in the young defender, and now the Hammers have joined the race as well.

Player for the future

The Northern Ireland youth international is highly rated at Ibrox but he feels it would be hard for him to break into the senior team.

The 20-year-old keen on gaining first-team experience. It’s highly unlikely he can get that at West Ham, although the Hammers have a better chance of signing him than other Championship clubs.

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McClelland is yet to make his top team debut for Rangers but he impressed on loan at Falkirk previously.

Rangers will command a percentage of his next sale, and getting him on board won’t be difficult. Surely, if the club sign him, he’ll be seen as a player for the future.

The youngster had made Steven Gerrard’s bench three times in the Europa League this season but he failed to make the squad under Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

Leon King is gradually emerging as a player to make the senior grade after another impressive performance (8 May) in the 2-0 win over Dundee United, and it would block his path for development.

A move to West Ham may appeal to him, given the size of the club, but it would be even harder for him to get regular games at the London club.

In other West Ham news, Sky Sports report that the Irons are finally ready to make a major move to sign this striker in the summer.

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