Rangers face competition from Barnsley for Walsall striker Tom Bradshaw

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Rangers face competition for the highly-rated Tom Bradshaw after new Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom confirmed that the Tykes have submitted a bid for the Walsall striker.

The 23-year-old marksman has been linked with a move to Ibrox after his 20 goals helped the Saddlers reach the English League One play-offs last season.

Barnsley’s initial offer of £400,000 is said to have been rejected, with Walsall thought to be looking for a free closer to £1 million.

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Heckingbottom, who is also keen to sign Colchester midfielder George Moncur said: “We’re looking at a lot of players for next season, but Tom and George Moncur are two players we’ve put bids in for.

“They’re both very good players and players we think would fit in well at the club. They fit the mould of player we’re looking at.

“Looking at our squad, we definitely need another centre forward, a central midfielder and strength on the wings. Those are areas we’re looking to strengthen in.”

Speaking earlier this week about interest that Bradshaw is attracting, with Reading, Birmingham and Preston also thought to be tracking the marksman, Saddlers manager Jon Whitney said: “I wouldn’t worry for one minute about it because once he’s gone, he’s gone.

“I couldn’t do anything about that.

“I’m very dynamic and proactive. I’ll deal with what’s in front of me. If Tom moves on, I’ll wish him all the best.”

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