Rangers boss Gerrard on radar of Aston Villa – Exclusive

Billionaire-owned Aston Villa are keen on Rangers manager Steven Gerrard ahead of the summer, Football Insider understands.

The ninth-placed Premier League club have had a fine campaign after narrowly avoiding relegation on their top-flight return last term.

But a Villa source has told Football Insider that Dean Smith’s position as manager is far from secure in the medium and long-term.

Chief executive Christian Purslow is said to have a “strong interest” in luring Gerrard on behalf of owners Wes Edens and Naseef Sawiris.

Purslow knows the Rangers boss from his time at Liverpool, where he had a spell as managing director, between 2009 and 2011.

Tellingly, Edens and Sawiris are hugely ambitious and have pumped around £400million into Villa since buying the club in 2018, with more than £250m spent on transfers.