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Rangers FC have agreed on a pre-contract to sign left-back Calvin Bassey from Premier League side Leicester City.

An official statement by the Gers read: “RANGERS are delighted to announce the pre-contract signing of Calvin Bassey from Leicester City.

“The highly-rated 20-year-old defender has made the decision to join the Gers on a four-year deal with Rangers paying training compensation to Leicester after Bassey decided to make the switch from the Midlands across the border to Scotland.”

This is undoubtedly a great signing for the Gers since Steven Gerrard will finally have cover for Borna Barisic on the left-hand side of the pitch which is a really important factor since the club have released both Andy Halliday and Jon Flanagan last month.

But now according to Football Insider, Premier League side West Ham United were also keen to sign the left-back but the 20-year-old refused to join the London club.

Why Calvin Bassey snubbed a move to West Ham United?

As per the report, Bassey was valued at around £3million in the transfer market but since he is set to be a free agent, Rangers FC will only have to pay a development fee which is expected to be around £250,000.

This is a great bargain buy by Steven Gerrard and according to some rumours, the left-back chose to snub a move to West Ham because he wanted to develop his career by playing regular first-team football.

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And he clearly has a better chance of being selected in the starting XI at Ibrox rather than at the London stadium under David Moyes.

Another major reason why Calvin Bassey chose to sign for Rangers FC is that he wanted to work with Steven Gerrard who without a doubt is one of the most top-rated managers in Scottish football right now.

But having said all this, we are not sure if the 20-year-old will be an instant feature for the Gers starting XI next season because Barisic has been the first choice left-back for Gerrard for a really long time and it will take some massive undoing in order to dethrone him from that position.

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