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Rangers on transfer alert as Steven Gerrard reveals he has ‘identified certain individuals’

STEVEN GERRARD has provided an Aston Villa transfer update ahead of the January window opening up.

The former Rangers boss has been tipped to go into the market for some of his former Ibrox players in recent weeks, but he has remained tight lipped on potential targets.

Speaking in his press conference today, Gerrard said: “We’ll only make signings if we feel they are the right signings for the team and the club.

“We have identified certain individuals we would like to bring in and we are actively looking to improve.”

Meanwhile, Gerrard wants to keep Axel Tuanzebe at Aston Villa after the on-loan defender was linked with Napoli.

Manchester United loanee Tuanzebe is reportedly interesting the Serie A side despite his struggles at Villa this season.

He has played just eight minutes since Gerrard was appointed in November and started six Premier League games, all under former boss Dean Smith.

Tuanzebe, in his third loan stint at Villa, could be handed a start for Sunday’s trip to Brentford with Tyrone Mings banned with his future under the spotlight.

Gerrard said: “It’s very much in Ax’s hands and Manchester United’s hands. We want him here, we would be delighted to keep him. We don’t just see it as a loan until the end of the season.

“It’s something we want to explore further than that. We just hope we’ve got that opportunity.

“He’s a player we like very much and we’d like him to stay until the end of the season at least. Axel is his own man and will want to make his own decision.

“He is obviously owned by Manchester United which we all need to respect.

“I hope he wants to be part of this.

“In terms of what he has given on a daily basis, his leadership and training levels have been really strong and he is pushing to play.”

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