Rangers will issue a firm ‘not for sale’ warning to West Ham United if they firm up their interest in captain James Tavernier.

The free-scoring full-back has been on the radar of Hammers boss David Moyes for the last two windows.

Moyes is keen to bring in another right-back with Ryan Fredericks currently out injured and reports down south claim he is ready to make a move.

Tavernier, who has now passed the 50 goal mark for Rangers, is a deal Moyes would be keen on before the close of the window.

London sources, however, fear the transfer could be too rich for them because Rangers don’t want to sell and Tavernier is also happy at Ibrox.

Gerrard has made it clear he is looking to build up his squad.

He has already shown his strength this summer by knocking back big-money bids from Lille for Alfredo Morelos and Leeds United for Ryan Kent.

Tavernier, who will lead the side out against Galatasaray in the Europa League qualifier on Thursday night, is a key figure for Gerrard, as Rangers try to make the group stages of the Europa League and stop Celtic’s domestic dominance.

The 28-year-old has been a Rangers regular since he arrived from Wigan back in 2015.

Tavernier still has another two years left on his Ibrox contract until the summer of 2022.

Rangers are likely to sit down and open talks over an extension once the club is through the current COVID situation and fans are allowed back into Ibrox.

It remains to be seen if Lille or other interested parties decide to make a late move for Morelos.

Rangers are also still looking at the possibility of bringing in a midfielder of their own, with Preston midfielder Daniel Johnson one they have looked at.