Steven Gerrard adds second Rangers player to January transfer wishlist at Aston Villa

Glen Kamara takes part in crossbar challenge in training

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Aston Villa’s new head coach Steven Gerrard wants to take Rangers star Glen Kamara with him to Villa Park, according to reports. Gerrard was appointed Villa boss on Wednesday, ending his three-and-a-half-year stay at Rangers. And he is already planning for the upcoming January transfer window.

Villa are currently 16th in the Premier League table, so Gerrard’s first task is to move the club away from the relegation zone.

The Midlands club spent big in the summer following the £100million sale of Jack Grealish to Manchester City.

But the new signings are yet to take off in a Villa shirt.

Gerrard will look to add players of his own at the earliest opportunity.

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And the Daily Record says Kamara is near the top of his wishlist.

Gerrard signed Kamara from Dundee in 2019 and the Finland international became a key member of his Scottish Premiership-winning side.

Kamara has already made 122 appearances for the Gers, scoring five goals.

He came through the academy at Arsenal and made one appearance in the League Cup before leaving in 2017.

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The defensive midfielder has been linked with Villa in the recent past and the Record claims Gerrard’s arrival is set to speed up a deal.

Kamara is not the only Rangers player Gerrard has also been linked with.

Winger Ryan Kent is also a target for the 41-year-old former England captain.

Gerrard knew Kent from his time as Liverpool academy coach and took him to Rangers in 2019.

The Record claims a deal for Kamara would be easier as the groundwork has already begun on that transfer.

Following his appointment, Gerrard thanked Rangers but also shared his delight at his new venture.

“Aston Villa is a club with a rich history and tradition in English football and I am immensely proud to become its new Head Coach,” Gerrard said.

“In my conversations with Nassef [Sawiris], Wes [Edens] and the rest of the Board, it was apparent how ambitious their plans are for the club and I am looking forward to helping them achieve their aims.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to everybody associated with Glasgow Rangers for giving me the opportunity to manage such an iconic football club.

“Helping them secure a record-breaking 55th league title will always hold a special place in my heart. I would like to wish the players, staff and supporters the very best for the future.”

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